Thursday, September 29, 2005

Omnium-gatherum

n : a miscellaneous collection (as of things or persons).

I was thinking about this yesterday while in flight from Paris to New York's JFK airport: the "collection" of cultures on these over-the-ocean flights is like a microcosmic snapshot of our world at large.

The accents, the languages, the clothes, the hairstyles, the eyes, the smells (as in perfume and/or body odor!).... These are often the "little things" that make me thrill to be alive. To be a part of something much bigger than me-myself-and-I.

My suitcase never made it onto the plane, I found out later! But already being caught up in omnium-gatherum, it totally paled in significance. It'll come this evening soon enough.

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