Finding Reassurance on a Journey to London

Jan 11, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

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I couldn’t stop staring at the long line for customs that was in front of me, my hands tightly gripping onto my passport and ticket. This is it Nina, this is it. 

I turned to my parents who stood behind the gates smiling and waving their hands. I gave them a warm smile and turned my focus back to the line. The line moved slowly, but the next thing I knew, I was boarding my flight.

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Photo: A stunning London sunset captured by Nina during her summer abroad

I walked into the plane looking for my seat, which was at a window. I sat down, got comfortable and organized my stuff. I took out a book and while opening it, a picture came out. The picture fell down on the ground and I struggled to pick it up.

“Excuse me, is this yours?” the woman sitting in front of me asked while handing me the photo. “Thank you” I said giving her a smile. I looked at the photo and it was a picture of my mother and I that I had forgotten about. My mother’s smile was infectious and contagious. I smiled as I studied the photo. I stood beside her in front of an old tree outside our old house. I remember my dad taking this picture. Her glassy eyes were so powerful it kept my mind and spirit tranquil.

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Photo: Nina in London

Her eyes have always kept me calm and at ease, bringing me to a state of peace; just one glance would do the trick. I flipped the picture over to where it read Mommy and Nina, 2005.

I smiled and sat back as the flight attendants gave their instructions for takeoff and though: Now I am ready for the journey that is ahead of me. Next stop United Kingdom!

Thanks Nina! 

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Topics: London, England