12. December 2008 11:56
Like most other Friday nights I was checking at the Delta counter at terminal 2 at the JFK airport getting ready to head home for the weekend and for some reason I was waiting an extra long time to get my bags checked. While I was waiting I notice ayoung lady around my age at one of the counters and she was on the phone talking but looked really sad. I figured that she was leaving a loved one and heading away for Christmas or something like that and I didn't think anything else of it. Then I finally got called to a ticket counter and it was right next to the young ladies and she was still there and looking even sadder than before. While I was standing there she started crying while on her phone and I started to get really nervous because I was starting to feel really bad for her because I hate it when women are crying. It always makes me said when women are crying and I’m not sure why but that’s just how I am. Then I started to listen why she was so sad and it was because the airline wasn't going to let her dog on the plane with her because it was too big or something and if she wanted to take it with her it would cost any extra $150 and she saying she only had $40 in cash and she had no other way to pay for it. I could hear her talking with a friend that she has in NY to see if he or she could make it out to the airport in time and pay for it and I don’t think things were looking to good for her. I honestly didn’t think anybody was going to make it out to the airport in time and she only had 45 minutes before she had to check in. Everybody was looking really gloom and then I finally asked the Delta agent how much it would cost and they said $150 and I said Ok, I’ll pay for. They all looked at me and I said again I would pay for it. Then the young lady looked at me and started crying even more (not good for me) and she gave me a big hug because she was so happy. At this time I was a nervous wreck and started shaking on the inside because I was so nervous for her and I just wanted to see her happy and not crying anymore. To be honest I was just glad that she could get on her plane with her dog and go where ever she planned on going. During this whole time I was thinking that this young lady could have easily been my wife and I would have wanted somebody to help her if she was in the same type of situation. When I get home and tell Heather about the whole thing and how much money it cost I will get in a little bit of trouble because money is tight for us at the moment but I honestly think it was the right thing to do. I figured that this could be my Christmas present to myself. I’m normally not this open of a person about my personal life but for some reason I just felt that I needed to share this experience. Even now when I’m writing this my heart still races a little and my nerves are still a little shaky. I’m just hoping that everything worked out for her and her dog and they are happily on their way to their final destination.
Hope everybody has a great weekend and happy holiday season.