What a wonderful way to usher in the New Year! Boston Globe reports:
It seems fair to say that the passengers who boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 59 in Amsterdam yesterday did not expect that by the time they landed in Boston seven hours later they would have new faith in themselves, and almost certainly not in the state of humanity. But as they jubilantly disembarked at Logan, they clapped one another on the back, hugged, and talked of life-changing experiences and renewed beliefs in the goodness of people.
"The spirit of America is alive," beamed Dr. Natarajan Raman, a radiation oncologist from Minneapolis.
Of course, but let me add, "The spirit humanity is alive". Susan of Ugandan origin, helped by Dr. Raman and Dr. Thakkar of Indian origin, and flight attendants of unspecified nationalities, giving birth to Sasha, received in a blanket held by Phil Jones and Susan MacDonald of Danvers, MA, on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Boston, deemed a Canadian citizen because she was born in Canadian air space!
Sasha will do John Lennon proud:
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one