My husband, Russell, came into the kitchen this morning (while I was baking banana bread and cooking an early lunch) exclaiming, 'Did you see the headline posted at AOL.com?' 'No." Was my reply. (You see, I know better than to take the bait when Russell has a certain twinkle in his eye.) 'The headline reads, "Pilot forced to make emergency landing after fight breaks out over farting passenger."' (See what I mean?) Russell's "joy" over such a disgusting and ridiculous headline is not something that should be discussed,
a) in the kitchen, or
b) before I have had my second cup of French press coffee.
Russ then asked, 'Do you want me to read the story?'
'No thanks. I feel nauseous enough this morning.' was my reply. See? Russ requires no coaxing...
What the what has happened to us, as a planet? In what world should this be a headline? Really? With all the "all" that is swirling about us ALL, why this? Maybe AOL.com was going for "Most disgusting and ridiculous" headline? Maybe this should be a prize category, right next to the Pulitzer? What do you think, Dear Readers? Yeah, me either.
I had the misfortune to sit next to someone who indulged in the same exact activity that grounded this plane. I sat next to this disgusting and ridiculous man for a 14-hour flight to Holland, Dear Readers! He was indulging in said activity and THEN, they served meatloaf as the inflight meal! Perhaps this is what happened on this other flight? I could see how flammable the situation could get fast...
Anyway, the point is, I dreamed about strangling the disgusting and ridiculous man I sat beside. I wondered how on earth his wife could live with such a gross and uncouth person. I marveled at how I had not indulged in strangulating him! I think I was just so weakened by the fumes... I did not however cause a plane to be grounded or start a fight.
This world we live in is so filled with anger, it has become commonplace to indulge in (and act upon) angry and violent feelings. How have we, as a planet come to this? This headline is a great metaphor for life today. Keep those angry feelings inside, Dear Readers. Find a healthy, less disturbing way to let them out... so to speak... How about cooking, baking, hiking, biking or yoga? I don't know, maybe it's just me but, there are places and times to let your feeling fly free, maybe a plane is just not one of them.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor