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SoCS – Remarkable???

This post is part of SoCS:http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-2514/

It’s Saturday, the day for my what I think is becoming my favorite-ist writing prompt, the SoCS. Yes, I know “favorite-ist” is not a word, but it’s true. I love SoCS because I feel this freedom with it. Yes, I know that is the point of “Stream-of-Consciousness.” I just appreciate that Linda puts this out for us. Today she has left the topic open, only asking that it end with a question. I love this!

I do a lot of people-watching while I am at work (and anywhere, really…people are sort of fascinating most of the time…) This week I watched a lot of people, but I have remarked on three women in particular. The first two I encountered on the same day, on two different flights, from two different perspectives. The third one I encountered today, in a park.

Fifty shades of…Grandma??? Is that you??? – The first remarkable woman is one whom I encountered twice. I was flying to work.50 shades of...Grandma?? Sometimes the company needs to move crews from one place to another in order to get us “in place” for the flights we are supposed to fly. On these occasions, we ride in the back with the passengers. So that’s what I was doing when I noticed this woman in the terminal. She looked like the quintessential Grandmother. She wore a red maxi-dress, was a little on the plump side, with nicely coiffed grey hair. She looked a little distracted in the gate area, and was carrying a flowery tote-bag. I saw her again in the airplane, sitting a couple of rows ahead of me. She was engrossed in a book that she was reading on her tablet computer. I think she may have forgotten her reading glasses, because she had increased the size of the type so that it was clearly readable to me and maybe even a couple more rows behind me. I’m kind of a nosy person, and I can’t resist books, so I admit to reading a bit over her shoulder. “…brushing the Arizona dust from her bare…”  Oh my! I realized what sort of book this was and started giggling uncontrollably because of the disparity between her appearance and her reading material! I guess I made a quick judgement about what she would read based on her appearance! To my mind, she would have been reading an Agatha Christie mystery or perhaps a copy of “Chicken Soup for the Grandmother’s Soul!” My co-worker, sitting next to me, thought I was crazy! Great image, isn’t it? The airline pilot sitting in the back of a plane with the passengers, in uniform and giggling like a 10-year old girl for no apparent reason?  In any case, it made my morning a bit more cheerful, because due to weather and other issues, we were already late before we even really started our day.

Awesome mom! – The second remarkable woman was on my plane a little later that day, when I was actually flying the plane, and not riding in the bAwesome mom!ack. She was travelling on stand-by, with two little kids, one just a baby, and the other about 4 years old I’d guess. I don’t have kids, but I would not think it is a trivial thing to travel alone with two small children, especially on stand-by. To add to her potential stress, the planes were all running late due to weather, and of course there are a lot of full and overbooked flights in the summer, a bane to stand-by passengers. But this extremely classy lady walked up to the podium to inquire about her chances of a seat. She greeted the gate agent warmly (yes, that is extremely rare) and asked her how her day was going (even more rare.) She told the agent that she realized that it was probably unlikely that there would be seats, but wanted to tell her that her youngest didn’t need his own seat because he was a “lap-child.” Just then this “lap-child” started to cry and fuss, wanting to get out of his stroller. But this awesome mom did not get uptight or stressed, did not yell or speak harshly to either child, but instead, she turned around and said something to him, softly, and asked his brother to give him a toy. The older child complied, the younger one stopped crying, and that was it!  But not only that. She and her kids got seats on our plane, and as they were getting on, she had the older child give a cookie to each of us flight crew members and tell us “thanks for the ride.” Seriously? Gratitude? On a day when despite our best efforts, we were getting her to her destination about an hour and a half late? What planet is this woman from?? I hope that whatever planet it is, they are trying to invade this one.

Forty really is “fantastique!” – The third remarkable woman approached my husband and me in the park today. She  Forty Presentswalked up to us and handed us a wrapped gift, saying, “Hello! Today is my fortieth birthday and to celebrate, I am giving away forty presents!.” We must have looked skeptical, because she reiterated that she wasn’t selling anything or trying to get us to sign a petition, she was just celebrating by giving. How incredible is that? She urged us to open the gift, so we did. It had a nice tag on it which read “Today is my birthday…and I’m celebrating by giving to others. Have a great day!!” It’s a nice framed quotation by Maryanne Radmacher, which says “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”  How astonishing.

I am inspired by these three women. I hope that I too can do something or be something outside of what people might expect of me. I hope that I can remember to be gracious in stressful situations and see those around me rather than be self-focused and entitled. I hope that I can walk with a spirit of giving and share my own joy with others. Thanks to Linda G Hill for this prompt – she herself is yet another remarkable woman!

So, chers lecteurs, I must end with a question. What remarkable people have you seen this week? Have they inspired you to be more…unexpected? gracious? giving? Some other quality?

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26 Responses to “SoCS – Remarkable???”

  1. tnkerr

    I really haven’t seen any remarkable people this week (well probably I have but I did not notice) I have however, read at least one remarkable post today. Thanks for this.
    I really like the “Mom”. She seems to have it down!

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  2. LindaGHill

    Wow, three interesting women indeed! The first just made me laugh, the second is the mother I wish I could be more often and the third – what a wonderful idea! Incredible!
    Thanks so much for your kind words – I’m so happy that others are enjoying SoCS as much as I do. Thanks for posting! 😀

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  3. Hope Floats

    I Love the idea of giving gifts on a birthday! Hmmmm next year is my 46th….what a nice way to celebrate a dreaded occasion!

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  4. SomeKernelsOfTruth

    Wow, this post was so inspiring! And I like how you worded it all, too, like when you describe the mom traveling on stand-by with her 2 kids: “What planet is this woman from?? I hope that whatever planet it is, they are trying to invade this one.” So funny, and accurate — we do need more people like her. Thank you sharing these experiences you had with us; that extends their impact even beyond people like you who witnessed them firsthand. Your post has motivated me to be more like them…oh and to answer your question, I’d say I saw a few remarkable people this week who contributed to a local artists’ event I went to. I was impressed by how much work they did to put it all together and celebrate other local artists, many of whom stood up in front of a crowd of strangers and opened up about very personal experiences. I think doing that face-to-face is so challenging and I was impressed by their willingness to do so. On a side note, I am also very impressed by your work as a pilot. Yours is the kind of job that I find so awe-inspiring and important, in terms of how demanding it is and what it brings to the world. Thank you for what you do!

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  5. F.G.M.

    Très beau texte, et très belles rencontres! “I hope that I too can do something or be something outside of what people might expect of me. I hope that I can remember to be gracious in stressful situations and see those around me rather than be self-focused and entitled. I hope that I can walk with a spirit of giving and share my own joy with others.” Quels beaux et profonds espoirs! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  6. Deborah

    What a delightful post! All three of these stories are awesome! I like how the first story reminds us not to make assumptions about people based on appearances. Which is part of why the other two stories are so wonderful. People in general have expectations of mothers traveling with small children. (I’ve traveled with small children myself). And then someone giving gifts with no strings attached. Yeah, most people are skeptical of that. Your whole post reminds us to look at each person we meet with fresh eyes, because you never know what you may find. Thanks!

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    • jetgirlcos

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment! I know I’m too skeptical most of the time. These ladies were a good reminder for me.

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  7. Celine Jeanjean

    I love the Fifty Shades of grandmother – it reminds me of Julia Child in Julie and Julia. She was such an awkward looking woman by all accounts, and yet she’d make jokes such as her pasta still being as “hard as stiff c*cks!”
    Pardon my french – but it was such a brilliant comment, totally took me by surprise, and made me fall in love with her just a little more. Goes to show that you really can’t judge someone by the way they look though!

    And that lady giving away presents for her birthday must be related to hobbits, surely! What a lovely thing to do though, and to receive! And a fantastic quote too!

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    • jetgirlcos

      Hahaha…indeed it’s hard not to fall in love with Julia for being surprising! I love reading about her; it must have been absolutely amazing to know her.
      I wasn’t familiar with Maryanne Radmacher before this, but I like this quote a lot and her website is really nice.
      Thanks for reading!

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  8. Sammy D.

    Such a treat to hear about uplifting encounters 🙂 I’m convinced they are all around us but sometimes the “noise” of discord drowns it out. I ‘m also convinced our “way of being” can influence encounters, and I know you know this too.

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    • jetgirlcos

      Yes, you’re right. I’m glad I was able to notice these things this week. Too often I think we look right past them!

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  9. alexischiuling

    A senior from my high school shared that she discovered she was mildly autistic about a year ago, and how that helped her understand certain things in her life. I am very inspired by that kind of awareness and am very excited to do something about my own mental health. Looking forward to my session with my therapist – who knows what I might discover that might just bring my life from good to great! 🙂

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    • jetgirlcos

      What a wonderful outlook you have! It seems that you and your HS friend are both very brave and an inspiration to others. Thanks for reading and sharing !

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  10. morgaine620

    Ah, I wish that planet would invade the store I am working in ;-). The holiday season has started and somehow people who normally would be nice and polite suddenly in another town or country just change into monsters. That is remarkable too lol. But maybe I just change my attitude and look out for those who are grateful, giving and just different and ignore all those horrible one. Thanks so much for sharing. Made me think a lot….. 🙂

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    • jetgirlcos

      Isn’t it sad that the nice ones stand out for being nice because the majority are not? Hope you encounter some of the grateful ones this summer! Thanks for reading!

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      • morgaine620

        You are very welcome. So far I have not been lucky. Will keep on looking though 🙂

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  11. frederick anderson

    I love that the world is full of remarkable people waiting to be remarked upon. A brave trio, these! Mine for this week so far? At a horse race meeting yesterday a very comfortably built guy in his sixties or maybe even seventies watching a race from another meeting on the big screen. He clearly had a bet on ‘Scottish Holiday’ because he was cheering the horse on – loudly. When it passed the post first, he performed a number of very un-septuagenarian antics which included grabbing and kissing a random passer-by and practically standing on his head in sheer glee. I’d love to have known how much he’d won, but he was too far away to ask!

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    • jetgirlcos

      Thanks for sharing your story! Sounds like it was a good day for a “Scottish Holiday” ! I imagine the passer-by was a bit shocked! What a great image 🙂

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