What is it about some situations in life that happen in split seconds. Without notice. Absent anticipation. What is it about spotting an LifePack Emergency Defibrillator AED holder on the wall.....unlocked and empty. Commotion with that gut-wrenching quietness all at the same time. You know something has happened but you're afraid to ask. Piles of police, airline personnel, TSA employees......all waiting in near silence for the coroner to arrive.
It happened today...just moments ago.....as I arrived in Seattle from Denver. Walking along, happy as ever, just another day in paradise. Until I reach Gate C2M in Seattle. And behind the C2M boarding podium -- you know, that walkway area where thousands of travelers walk, tramp, their way to aircraft each year -- I see a horribly young mother and father kneeling on the ground around their dead baby. One and one half years old. Trying to get back home to Montana after a hospital stay in Seattle. The baby was sick. CPR did nothing.
But to die here? Precisely in the boarding area of its flight home? I just wasn't ready for that. The police took the empty baby seat and diaper bag with them. The AED lay nearby.
And then, the mother -- she clutched her child wrapped in its blanket and was escorted down the back stairway. To another life, without her child.
I am reminded today. Of a whole lot of things. I guess I'll go to Chicago now.