What Goes Through Your Mind?

What do you think when you see this picture?

What do you think went through their minds as they looked at each other the moment they came to the realization that they might die in just moments? I wonder...did anyone go from jockeying for elbow room on the arm rest to clinging tightly to the hand of the total stranger sitting next to them?

Aside from "Thank God everyone made it", my first thought is of my family on an airplane.

Hubby usually has two kids with him, and I have two with me. Sometimes we're all sitting in the same row, sometimes not. The baby is always strapped in his car seat, and the big kids are strapped in with the plane's buckles. But what about Sammy? It never seems to fit tightly enough on her little toddler body. I'm thinking we're bringing her car seat on next time - convenience and hefting the hulking thing through the airport be damned.

And getting off a floating plane with 4 kids? I can't imagine it. I can't imagine having the strength to carry the children I'd need to carry. I can't imagine NOT having the strength. I'm sure adrenaline would ensure that I could do it. Would I have to fight the kids to leave their beloved "snugglies" behind, or would even they grasp the enormity of the situation?

I'll tell ya...I don't think you'd ever get me on a plane again! We'd have to move to Wisconsin to ever go to my parents' house again. Well this is strange...this might be the first time there was a fleeting thought of "Oh, why couldn't Daiquiri have been on that plane that crashed?" from my parents! Ha!

I just can't imagine it. I can't imagine standing on those inflated slides with water threatening to swallow my family.

Life is short. Life is fragile. Never mind getting through a trauma like this...how does anyone get out of bed each morning without knowing Him?

Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home  – (1/16/2009 10:23:00 AM)  

Daiquiri,

Aimee's husband and brother in law were on that plane. They are fine, thank God.

You can read about it here: http://livinglearningandlovingsimply.blogspot.com/2009/01/grace-on-hudson-river.html

Sheila  – (1/17/2009 06:20:00 AM)  

We went to Disneyworld in December. We had snow in Denver when we left - slick roads on the one hour drive there and then the fun of being de-iced. The Orlando weather was awful. We were almost diverted, but were finally able to land. It was pretty rough, and I began to wonder how it was going to go. I am so thankful to say that I looked at my family, thought about how we were together and heading for a great vacation. I thought about my relationship with God and my extended family and friends - all good. I am so thankful for the feeling of peace that I had. I actually thought, well, it wouldn't be a bad way to go. Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure glad we landed safely, but the peace I have is worth more than all the money in the world. I have no idea how people go through life without Him. I was thinking the other day that if I did not believe in God, I would feel so afraid, and I wouldn't know of a reason for living. What a wonderful God that we have! I am ever so thankful for His love and His patience. He has to have a lot of patience for me!

lana  – (1/17/2009 01:55:00 PM)  

Life is so fragile and when are never assured another day. We have recently lost two friends by sudden unexpected illness. It is shocking and can be devastating. But most of all it makes me hold my loved ones tighter, thank God more often for them and thank Him for all the days he has planned for me.

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