An innocuous question.
After all, I’m at the airport in the dusky hours of the morning.
And people are, in fact, typically travelling for either business or pleasure. Or, occasionally, both.
There is no business on this journey.
I cannot steal my heart behind my rabbinic shield.
Files of work accompany me.
I know they will remain unopened, but their presence comforts me.
There is no pleasure in this journey.
I will see many friends on this trip.
We will cling to one another.
If only we were seeing one another on a happier occasion, we’ll say.
How do I answer the stranger?
The stranger who is seeking a one-word, uncomplicated response.
How do I answer?