A great Thanksgiving story about two men in search of their own goals, come together in the most difficult of situations and become lifetime friends in spite of it. John Candy & Steve Martin were perfectly cast for the film – in fact I think it must have been written with them in mind. Steve’s immediate disdain for John in the film, came through loud and clear. John, on the other hand, was simply looking for a friend to fill his lonely life.
It occurs to me, as I ready myself for a plane trip to S. Carolina, that I might run into someone in need of a friend. I could become a shoulder to cry on. I might need someone to help me with my luggage or calm my fears as we take off and land.
I really dislike flying alone. I have visions of being held captive by terrorists – trying to use my McGyver skills (of which I have none) to get out of a tough situation – coming to the rescue and landing the plane myself – even though I can’t even parallel park.
My destination, like Steve Martin’s, is taking me to family for the holiday. I would do whatever it took to get there – even if it meant riding in the back of a pick up truck or sharing a rented car with a maniac. With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder about my upcoming trip. Will I get there safely? Will there be something exciting to write about in my blog tomorrow? Will it go without incident?
I may wind up on a bus filled with fellow travelers, singing the theme song from “The Flintstones,” but it will be worth every second of it to be with a part of my family I haven’t seen in almost a year, on Thanksgiving.
Just in case some of my fears come to pass:
Dear, Lord, as I prepare to travel, remind me that you are with me in everything that I do. You are my protector, defender and comforter. Please make for safe travels and bring e to the arms of my waiting family. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!