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Thirteen with braces, trying hard to be grown up.

We took off from Logan.

I asked him if he was alone.

“Yup,” he said. “My first flight without my mom and dad.”

I asked if he was ok. He nodded his head like a tough guy, in spite of his turned up nose, bangs and braces. “Oh yeah, it’s cool. I’ve flown a lot.”

“Oh, OK,” I said. Impressed.

When we were up in the air, I had trouble with my Wi-Fi, and he helped me. He had trouble using his gift card, and I helped him.

He offered me his Pringles, and I declined. “Oh, you don’t want to go down that road,” I said. ”Those things are dangerous for me. I’ll go through your whole box.” I smiled.

When we were almost in New Mexico, he asked me if that was the Grand Canyon. “Oh no,” I said. “When you are over the Grand Canyon you know it.” And we spoke on the Canyon and did some research on my iPad and found out it was in Arizona.

Just past Arizona, where we did not see the canyon, he passed me the Pringles box and said, “Do you want them?” I peered into the box as this thirteen-year-old boy said,”There are only three left. You can have them now. It won’t be dangerous.” I took them, thanked him, and told him that I had been hungry.

When we were in the base of California he said, “I guess we’re going to make it.” And I, surprised by the remark, said, “Oh yeah, we’re going to make it. We’re safe.”

“Uh, huh,” he said nodding like a cool dude, looking out the window, all casual. Then he said, “You know, I admit that when we left I had butterflies in my stomach a little.”

“That’s normal,” I said. “See, if everything goes well it’s easy to be relaxed. But we think about if something goes wrong, and then, it’s scary being without the people we love.”

“Yeah,” he said looking at me as if he was surprised that I might admit that.

I looked away and back to my work, just to be casual about it. Then I said, “Just so you know, if anything goes wrong, I have your back, OK? I’ve got you covered.”

He looked at me. His little haircut, his braces, just barely past his moms lap.

“Cool” he said. And then after a moment, looking out the window and across the blue sky, he added, “Well, just so you know. I’ve got your back too,” looking at me as if he was climbing a mountain.

“Oh, wow. Thank you,” I said. “I appreciate that very much because, you know, I’m flying alone too.”

We sat back in silence.

And I thought, right there, that is God.

I loved that boy. I would have died for him.

– Shareen Mitchell

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