…and you are so grateful that it just doesn’t matter.
In the PR world, you are bound to have “those days” that throw you a curve ball and leave you running all day. Today is such a day for this PR girl. You see, last night, a group from Messiah — 24 students and two faculty members — were returning from their three-week cross-cultural trip to the French West Indies when their airplane encountered difficulty. When I say difficulty, I mean smoke in the cockpit, a cracked windshield, and the distrinct smell of burning plastic…things that are not comforting when you’re 10,000+ feet in the air and 90 minutes from land. The flight attendants prepared the travelers for an evacuation and a water landing while they waited to see whether the plane could make it to West Palm Beach for an emergency landing.
Thankfully, the plane did make it to WPB and only a few members of the flight crew experienced minor injuries. At Messiah, we are absolutely celebrating the safety of our students; God was clearly with them. And, we hear that our students were an incredible, calming influence on the other passengers.
So, all this excitement definitely makes for news, and we are managing a fair amount of media attention today. I am happily coordinating as many interviews as I can, and this work has kept me from having lunch today (unless you count Cream of Wheat at 11:30 and peanut butter crackers at 2:30!). But, when I consider how drastically different the emergency landing could have gone, I am grateful for my vending machine lunch.