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On My Mind
February 2005

Marcus Aurelius and His Eel

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159(2):107. doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.2.107

As soon as the “fasten seat belts” sign went off, I hightailed it back to the restroom at the rear of the airplane; we had spent almost an hour on the tarmac awaiting takeoff. My wife and I were flying nonstop to Toronto, Ontario, to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and newborn grandson, Jonah.

“It’s occupied,” smiled the young woman as I approached the only restroom, “and if it’s all right with you, I promised Markie he could go next.” She was sitting in the last row with her little boy.

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