I flew home to the Big Island of Hawaii this last Thursday. The picture below is me saying good by to my dog, Buddy who has become an emotional support dog for a dear friend. I made the very hard decision when I moved to Hawaii to let my friend keep him because I knew Buddy was very loved, would go to his favorite beach every day and would be a most needed support for my friend. However, the decision broke my heart. This picture was taken right before I broke down and cried my eyes out. As I got out of the car and the tears didn’t stop. I walked through airport security literally sobbing; tears streaming down my face. The tears turned from sadness that I was leaving my best friend behind to an even deeper sadness when I realized I would probably never go through an airport and connect with the other travels as I normally did. Masks covered everyone’s face. You see when I travel I always connect with people. I ask where they are going and send them heartfelt appreciate for being on the planet with me at this time in history. I could still connect but not like I used to and it was breaking my heart. The pain in my heart was almost unbearable so I let the tears stream and I didn’t care who saw it. A young man in front of me with a mask on his face kept turning around and finally he asked if I was okay. I told him, “I just need to cry”. After a while he tried to strike up a conversation and we chatted about where we were headed even with me still sobbing and getting the words out as best as I could. As we parted ways going through security I thanked him for the connection and he told me he hopes I feel better. Tears still flowed by my cheeks as I sat on the plane watching the flight attendants do their security briefing with us. Afterwards one of them came by and gave me some water. I realized then that I was having connection with others. It was just very different.