I just sat next to someone on a plane for 11 hours and didn't really say anything to her at all.
Is that weird?
I did smile and say "hello" when I first sat down. Two points for nice smile and friendly greeting. I was feeling extra happy about having been given an aisle seat even though they couldn't give me a seat assignment until about an hour before boarding.
We watched films together and ate meals together, but we didn't converse. At the end of the flight I commented on how beautiful the scarf was that was spread across her lap. Her mum had been crocheting it all flight and it really was pretty.
When I first sat down, my new neighbor was on her mobile phone. She was explaining to a friend all the traumas that had almost kept them from making their flight and she was crediting answered prayer for the resolution that ultimately resulted in them NOT missing their flight.
Phew! I didn't need to harken back to some long ago guilt that says I must "share" with the person in the seat next to me.
To be honest, the quiet of sitting with my own thoughts for a stretch of hours is a respite I look forward to. "Quiet" and "own thoughts" are not things I am used to. (Try being a mom for almost 20 years.)
I enjoyed my wordless little world.
But it still feels weird to think I was at the movies and eating and drinking and snoozing with someone that I never spoke to.