I’m no stranger to travel. After having spent the majority of my career covering stories in more than 65 nations of the world, travel is second nature. I know the layout of the major airports of the world like many people know their neighborhoods. But no matter how much time I spend on the road, being away from my family for holidays and special events always hurts.
There have been some good times… I remember a Thanksgiving spent with a CBN television crew in an amazing Chinese restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. We spent hours there laughing and telling war stories. A few years later, my wife and I were in London for a fortnight working on Explo 85 for Campus Crusade. On Christmas Eve we wandered the rainy, darkened streets, searching for a restaurant. Finally, we hailed a cab who “knew a place” and in that little, cramped, basement Italian restaurant we were made to feel like family.
Yesterday was my birthday, and although I had a great lunch with the other television professionals that I was working with, it was hard making myself stop working and leave the studio. I didn’t want to be alone.
But Facebook to the rescue! Throughout the evening and into the night, scores of people from literally around the world wished me happy birthday. As I enjoyed my medium rare filet mignon stuffed with crabmeat, I could smile remembering good times and good friends, many met on the road.