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The Middle Seat

Today I was picking Livy up from school and on the way home I came across a radio station I never really listen to. I heard a very interesting sounding woman telling a story during a segment of her message "Sportin A Tude". Her name is Patsy Clairmont. Patsy is an author and speaker and offers spiritual and emotional hope to those in need.

Her story was about a plane trip she had taken. She realized that the only seat left on the plane was a middle seat. The last thing she had wanted was to have to sit between two people for the trip. No one really seems to like the middle seat. But, we have all been there and we know it has its problems. That is why my mom taught us early on to get a letter "A" on Southwest!

Patsy explained that on this trip she had met a marine who was going home to his family. They spent the time getting to know one another and she really enjoyed their conversation. When they got off the plane, she saw that his family was all there waiting for him and ready to celebrate his coming home. Patsy was able to enjoy this wonderful homecoming and to see the love and happiness in the eyes of his mom. It was a beautiful moment that she will always remember.

Her message was loud and clear, had she not sat in that middle seat, she would not have had the opportunity to meet this young marine and she would have missed out of this amazing moment. The middle seat is not something we anticipate or expect. We do not ask for it because we think it will make us unhappy. It comes with a bad connotation.

I have been given the middle seat. My whole family has been given the middle seat. When Livy came into our lives we did not anticipate the struggle we would be up against. The discomfort, the not very easy situation. But it is because of this middle seat that we have been given such wonderful and amazing opportunities. Our eyes have been opened to the wonders of life and all that come with it.

So maybe next time you walk down that aisle, consider the middle seat. OK, seriously, if and only if it's all you have to choose from, try to enjoy what it may bring. We have.

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Comments 5

Guest - Ronda O'Brien on Friday, 11 May 2012 16:42

What a great way to look at it, like my fall, it could'be
been so much worse yet I was given the middle seat and
I have pain but so many of my friends and family
have been so good to me during my recuperation!
Like you Allison, thank you for the goodies and taking
time out of your hectic life to visit me and show me you care
about our friendship!!

What a great way to look at it, like my fall, it could'be been so much worse yet I was given the middle seat and I have pain but so many of my friends and family have been so good to me during my recuperation! Like you Allison, thank you for the goodies and taking time out of your hectic life to visit me and show me you care about our friendship!!
Guest - Aunt Cindy on Friday, 11 May 2012 20:37

What beautiful thoughts!!!

What beautiful thoughts!!!
Guest - Marlene Hefferman on Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:48

Your eloquence is equaled only by your wisdom, Allison.

Your eloquence is equaled only by your wisdom, Allison.
Guest - Heather on Monday, 14 May 2012 19:03

I love Patsy, she has a way of infusing humor into situations that ordinarily are not funny.

I love Patsy, she has a way of infusing humor into situations that ordinarily are not funny.
Guest - Deborah Telles-Palladino on Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:53

What an inspirational message. You are a wise soul... and your good fortune is that you are in the middle of wise souls within your own family.
Deborah

What an inspirational message. You are a wise soul... and your good fortune is that you are in the middle of wise souls within your own family. Deborah
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