Does the amount of communication reduce the value of the connection?
Phone dead. Communication cut off, I was left with one option: engage in the world around me. The airport was quiet and clean. A Kiwi couple across from me disrupting the otherwise calm nature of my surroundings. I glimpsed a familiar book cover peeking out of their oversized backpack, the type only a true adventurer lugs around.
“Is that Shantaram?” I asked, pointing at the gold cover. “Yes!” the women said, “Such a great travel book, have you read it?” The conversation remained light as we exchanged the common questions travelers ask each other.
My mind was still stuck in the three virtual conversations moments earlier: my sister telling me she missed me, a friend asking about my experience in New Zealand and my mother wanting to hear about my flight to Singapore. I was across the world from Colorado and yet the technological umbilical cord of “home” remained.