After announcing that we had safely landed in Los Angeles, the pilot of the plane must've forgotten to flip the switch to the PA system. I continued reading my book until I heard the same voice, only hushed and affectionate this time, coming from the ceiling speakers. I put my book down, along with a few curious others who also paused in what were doing at the moment, as we all strained, shamelessly, to listen to this homesick voice speaking to the person on the other line:
"... Hi honey... yes, we landed safely... (murmurs) I'll be home in an hour.. (murmurs) ... don't wait up... can't wait to see you.. (laughter)... I love you. Can't wait to see you."
It was all so simple. As we filed out of the plane, I threw a smile over to the pilot for having given us all, without even realizing, a candid reminder of the good life.