Nothing is unfathomably far away anymore. I can check up on friends in Melbourne and Tokyo and San Francisco right now if I want to. And I could get anywhere in the planet in about a day and a half. Maybe.
But sorry, once innocence is lost, one cannot get it back - we ain't going back to horse and buggy and smelly wooden sailboats.
I admit, I was mildly amused at the chaos last month. And you're getting me back today, Ash Cloud. This morning, Edinburgh Airport was fine. Now, with an hour to spare, you decide to trap my parents in Amsterdam? Couldn't you have waited another two hours? Grumble, grumble.