It is April 3, 2014. In front of us, the three seats of row 17 are occupied by 4. Two are search dogs from FEMA of Ohio and the other two are their handlers, two women. The four are on their way to the mudslide in Oso, Washington to search for the missing. In the row behind us sits a woman who has lost a relative in the disaster. The dogs blend silently into the floor. The women read and doze. The dogs show no interest in the rest of us or what we are doing. They are working dogs, trained in a specialty and they will begin their jobs tomorrow at dawn. Few on this plane know they are even here with us. At some point, the woman who has lost a relative in the mudslide in Oso thanks the handlers for what they are about to undertake. She tells them of her relative. It is not possible to hold back the tears.
art by:Cheryl A. Hufnagel, Shoreline, Washington www.cherylahufnagel.com