Thursday, February 25, 2010

Flashback Friday

Hey Y'all, It's Friday Again! Dust off that old post and give yourself the day off! Be sure to link up here so we all can come visit you.

I'm bringing back and oldy but a goody. Texan Papa is out of town but coming back tonight, so it reminded me of seeing people in airports, thus this choice for Flashback Friday.


have a great weekend!!!

Originally posted Thursday, December 18, 2008
Kleenex, anyone?

Okay, first of all, thanks for all your sweet comments from yesterday's post. As it turned out, I picked up the kids after school at 3:30, and Peppermint Patty bounded up to the Silver Bullet (aka our minivan) and hopped in. "Hi mom!" She was all smiles. I asked "How was your concert today?" and before she could answer, Linus piped in, "It was awesome!!! I love loud music!!!" And Peppermint Patty said, "Yeah, everybody clapped. It was cool!"

So, guilt? short-lived. I'm learning. See, the more this happens, the more I realize, NO need to add extra guilt to my usual quota. But, the tricky thing is, I don't have a barometer to figure out when the meltdowns will happen. If I did, I could make a million, ya think?

On to other news, my in-laws came in today for a Christmas visit. I am so lucky - I get along really wonderfully with them. Non-Texan Granny and Non-Texan Poppy. As I was sitting, waiting for them, I saw some of the best human emotions ever.

I saw a mother and father greet their twenty-something daughter. The dad, with salt-and-pepper hair, saw his daughter and hustled to her side and he gave her a hug that said, "I don't ever want to let you go. Not. Ever." He finally did separate himself from her when his wife said, "Okay, you've had enough. My turn." Her hug was just as squeezy and every bit as warm. They hardly said a word, but it was as if I could feel the relief between them. If I could read the parents' minds, I bet I would have seen "NOW I feel right. Without her here with us, something was missing. But now that she has arrived safely and she's in our arms, all is right with the world."

I sat in the waiting chairs next to a girl, about 28, who was greeting her mom and grandma who were coming to watch her graduate from college. Just listening to her speak, I could tell how proud she was and how excited she was to be sharing it with her mom and grandma. After graduation, they were going to pack her car and a U-Haul and help her move back home. The tone in her voice suggested that she was anxious to start her life. She had the most amazing optimistic attitude. I could hear her smile, even when I wasn't looking at her.

Then, there was a couple, mid-thirties maybe, who were walking briskly together, then upon seeing the security gate, they came to an abrupt halt. They just looked at each other, then at the security gate, then the woman looked at her mate and said, "Well, I guess we have to say goodbye now..." There was an awkward pause, one that couldn't be filled with words or kisses or music. The awkward pause could only be filled with time. I could sense that they desperately wanted more time to be together, talk together, smile together, hold each other, before they had to separate. I could tell they would be counting the hours and days until they saw each other again. They shared a brief but tender kiss, then she rushed off to her gate. I almost felt like it was my heart being left behind.

There is no better place to watch human interaction than at the airport. Joy, sadness, loneliness, frustration, thankfulness, it's all there, and in its purest form. It helps me to remember that, bottom line: people love people. They may say they love money or things, but when all is said and done, nothing can take the place of people.


Maggie S said...

Wandered by and decided to follow. You are an incredible author. I haven't been blogging long enough to flashback to anything.

arlee bird said...

I wrote this post last week and it dug up a poem that I wrote in high school a long long time ago. Not a blog flashback, but a real flashback nevertheless.

Jennifer said...

I didn't event think about doing a flashback today. That would have been so much easier.

MommaKiss said...

Hi - new to read more, but wanted to say your "no name, no comment" made me snort! i allow anon - but that's some funny shis.

Angel said...

I love to people watch. I have found Malls, Airports and Bus stations to be the best places. I might have to post one day about the bus station I went to once.