Getting There

by Juel A. Fitzgerald

May 22, 2021 – Day 1

“Pack yourself a meat breakfast. Then you will be good to go,” Sonia told me.

I was finishing a twenty-one meat day fast followed by a 3:30 a.m. departure from my house for an early air flight via New York to Cairo.  It was too early for a breakfast.  So, Sonia offered this suggestion.

I am grateful I prepared a take-to-the-airport breakfast of two boiled eggs, turkey sausage, and grapes.  When we arrived in JFK International Airport around 9 a.m. to our dismay the diner before the TSA check point was closed due to the pandemic.  Only Dunking Donuts was open. We were too early to check in for our 6:30 p.m. flight. We were trapped in an area of little food and seats.  Thanks to the Holy Spirit’s prompting He helped me find seats in baggage for our small party of eight. We would be joining our larger party of thirty-four later.

The others had breakfast sandwiches from Dunking Donuts while I filled myself with my carry-on breakfast.  It was the first meat eaten in days. My body was happy after the early wake up and lack of sleep.

At 2:30 p.m. we checked into our flight with Egypt air and beyond the gates to The Land of Food Plenty. But that was not true. There were several restaurants open, but not all of them and over half of the shopping establishments were closed. Six of us were lead by the Holy Spirit to a bar and grill. I had a thick, mass of heavenly cheese burger with lettuce, tomato, and grilled onions. Maybe because I had not had a burger in weeks or was starving but that burger and fries were pure delight. My friend Virginia said the same. Oh my gosh I am still relishing that master piece nine hours later.

It is 1:07 a.m. Cleveland time but 7:07 a.m. Cairo time while I sit rocking in turbulent air on an airplane 3,420 kilometers from Cairo. We have flown 5,570 kilometers. Spain is south of us and France is below us, almost there.

I am thanking the Lord that I am headed to a God-given-bucket-list destination with friends wearing a KN95 mask.


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4 thoughts on “Getting There

  1. Ted Burcham June 10, 2021 / 8:40 am

    You make me feel lazy. You did good.


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