Mrs. Wilson was getting ready to fly for the first time in her life. She was 89 years old and had mixed feelings about the flight, especially since she encountered several problems along the way. She hid her house key in her shoe to avoid losing it, and as she approached the gate, the metal detector began to beep. She was worried because she had no idea how these things worked. The beeping could be heard repeatedly after she was asked to empty her pockets…
The employees then told her she needed to put any metal she had away, and that’s when she realized it was the key that got her in trouble. Because it was her first time in an airport, she had no idea where to go and became disoriented. Fortunately, an employee assisted her in getting to her flight. A young man noticed her business class ticket as she boarded the plane. He then struck up a conversation with her and realized he could swap his economy class seat with hers without her knowing.
Mrs. Wilson, fortunately, knew where her seat was, and when she found it, she thanked the young man for his assistance. Unfortunately, the person she was supposed to sit next to was an aggressive man who refused to sit next to an elderly woman. Mrs. Wilson was an ordinary-looking and humble old lady, so he wondered how she could afford such a seat. Other passengers, fortunately, stood by her side and told the man that he should be ashamed of how he treated her.
He apologized and even assisted her in retrieving some of the photos that had fallen from her luggage. When he saw one of the photos, he wondered if the little baby was Mrs. Wilson’s son. She confirmed it, but added that he was not by her side. The man, eager to learn more, inquired about her son’s fate. Mrs. Wilson then began telling her life story, and many of the passengers leaned forward to hear what she had to say.
She began by explaining that her father served in the military and was killed in action. She, her mother, and her mentally disabled brother Peter were all left alone. Mrs. Wilson, whose first name was Dorothy, met the love of her life, a shepherd named Jack, when she was 28 years old. They were madly in love and planning to start a family when tragedy struck. Peter set fire to the house one day, and in an attempt to save him, Jack entered the burning building.
Unfortunately, they both died. Dorothy and her mother were distraught. They lamented for a long time. Dorothy’s mother, unable to cope with the loss, went insane and began attacking and blaming her daughter for everything that had happened. Meanwhile, Dorothy discovered she was pregnant shortly after Jack died. When she gave birth to her son, a baby boy named Kevin, she was terrified for his life because his mother would frequently attack her with a knife.
Dorothy pondered her options for a long time before deciding to place Kevin in an orphanage. When her ailing mother died a few years later, she decided to find Kevin, but no one wanted to tell her anything about him. She was only aware that he had been adopted. Dorothy found out where her son was many years later, thanks to a volunteer organization that specialized in searching for missing relatives.
Kevin, the pilot, made an announcement over the intercom after hearing this story. “This is your captain speaking, dear passengers. Our flight is coming to a close, but our lives do not have to. Our lives are full of ups and downs, but that is no reason to believe that some of us are luckier than others. “We all have opportunities from birth, and our lives are determined by how we use them without making mistakes,” he said as everyone listened intently.
“We will not learn the joy of forgiveness if we look for the guilty when there are none,” he added. Many passengers waited for the plane to land to see the reunion of these mother and son.