I left Madrid on Aer Lingus which has a code share with United Airlines. This is a direct flight from Madrid to Dulles, Virginia. The flight was supposed to have been eight hours long; however, because of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, the flight time will be 9:45. We had to divert quite a ways south to safely miss the ash cloud. This was a long day for me.
Yesterday, Saturday, was a long day too. I got to the Embassy at about 07:00. I did a lot of work until about 10:15. Then I left the Embassy and walked to the Intercontinental hotel. The Vice President of the United States has spent the night there. I was on baggage detail. I met my contact for the baggage detail. We coordinated getting all of the bags from the hotel to the airport for the return flight to Washington, DC.
At Torrejon Air Base, once the flight crew arrived, we were able to begin loading the baggage onto Air Force 2. While we were waiting for the Vice President to arrive, we feasted on Spanish tapas that my helpers had made and brought to the air base.
On the plane, I was reading War and Peace. One passage struck me.
“Love? What is love?” he thought.
“Love hinders death. Love is life. All, all that I understand, I understand only because I love. All is, all exists only because I love. All is bound up in love alone. Love is God, and dying means for me a particle of love, to go back to the universal and eternal source of love.”