If I were a pilot, I would want to be like Saint-Exupery
When Istanbul’s first skyscrapers began stretching
towards the heavens at the end of the 1980’s,
the antis-skyscraper activists began raising their
voices in dissent. I remember one of the them saying
“If God had wanted us to live so high up in
the sky, he would have given us wings.” Who
knows what was said by these folks’ grandfathers
when airplanes first began soaring into the skies.
Have you even been on an airplane with someone who
is flying for the first time? Well, it happened
to me. I was on a flight from Istanbul to Munich.
I had a window seat. There was a elderly covered
Anatolian woman sitting next to me. She was going
to see her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
A while later I asked this elderly lady to let me
by to go to the restroom… She moved over so
I could get past. When I had relieved myself and
returned, I saw that the elderly lady had moved
over into my seat by the window.