Thursday, May 10, 2012

The international arrival terminal


Airports ... I have a pretty strong love/hate relationship with them.  Last Saturday I got to experience the love part, as I waited several hours in the international arrival terminal for Jenny, who was coming home from England.

And tomorrow, the international arrival terminal will return to me my husband, who has been in South America for two weeks.

It is a pretty entertaining place to watch people. So many beautiful women (some in saris, some in blue jeans) and so many beautiful kids (some with home made signs and others with balloons.)

 I had enough time to wonder who each person was picking up. There was a lot of excitement in the air. And I enjoyed watching people come through customs (some looking exhausted, some with way too much luggage, even some with dogs.)

I have a love/hate relationship with airports. I hate the departure terminal and love the arrival terminal. 

And I cry at both. 


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21 comments:

  1. I think of them the same way! I wonder also, about the people, and what their stories are. Must be the writer in us!

    Happy Mother's Day weekend! Enjoy your family!

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  2. I haven't been to an airport for several years. It is fun to people watch. Did you strike up a conversation with anyone? It's something I do with a bit of trepidation....I'm not an extrovert!

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  3. I'm a people watcher, too, and when I see family and friends reuniting, I cry!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. Airports are exciting places...once you get past the TSA folks.

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  5. The arrivals always are usually more joyous. Enjoy having all of your family near!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  6. Safe journeys and sweet reunions for you all..

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  7. ...and we know tears are good for the soul. I'm glad yours this week are those of joy. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

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  8. I'm with you. Airports have an energizing effect on me...at least on the arrival terminals.

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  9. I've never been into an airport before just because I don't really travel. Busy in school but if, by an chance, I get the opportunity to do so, I guess I would feel the same way.

    I'll be quite emotional to see people come and go.

    : )

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  10. For us it is nice to go to the airport. It is a getaway for the kids to watch the planes. But sometimes I feel sad. My aunt and uncle emigrated to Australia when I was a young girl. They are now octogenarians. All my cousins ​​(7) have gone. That family is now quite unknown to me. But I love facebook ...

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  11. I love the airport because I love people-watching. My most emotional moment at an airport was sending our son off to Afghanistan when he was in the Army. It touched me so when people came up to him to thank him for his service. As I stood with my husband, quietly weeping, as our son made his way through security, a mom walked up to me (her son was going on a Mormon mission somewhere)--she said "my son is in the Army too...God's Army"...I was taken aback. And I said,kind of desperately, "but my son is too!" I thought about that mom a lot and prayed for her and her son. I wondered what made her approach me. Blessings ~ Lina

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  12. I hate airports, I am scared of flying
    But I do like picking up my loved ones.
    I have never been to an international airport.
    Good place to people watch I'm sure!
    Now I love people watching:)
    Glad all are home safe and sound
    XO

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  13. yay! looks like I can comment...I like airports...people watching, animal watching...remembering the "airport" in BVI that had folks carrying baskets with chickens, piglets, etc. In Alaska my cousin will do a fly-over to clear the path so he can land. No runway but a, fairly, level stretch of ground.
    Unfortunately, most airports are beginning to look the same, a huge area solely for the purpose of separating us from our money.

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  14. As soon as I saw the title of your post I smiled ~ the arrivals is much more fun than the departure gate! I always say that there is something in the air at the airport that I MUST be allergic to as it always makes my eyes water... of course seeing people arriving and leaving makes me cry ~ I am a sap. So glad to hear that Jenny and hubby are both home!

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  15. I never mind waiting at airports - there's always something interesting to watch and see. I know you're thrilled to have your daughter and husband home. I can hardly stand the anticipation when my daughter and her family come from England!

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  16. Oh, and we both remember so well those goodbye when we knew it would be years, if ever, before seeing the person again! I so understand this.

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  17. I'm sure if the walls of that terminal could talk the stories would be amazing. I'm not one who travels much...and I hardly ever fly. But I think airports are one of the best places to people-watch. Glad your husband is back. Have a wonderful week!

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  18. Me, too, for the same reasons!

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  19. Oh yes... I know just what you mean! It is so neat to see all the happy reunions at that arrival gate! :)

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  20. I can so identify with your love-hate relationship. I love this post...you describe the sights and emotions SO well! Thank you for visiting my blog! Yes, that book, A Grace Disguised...got me through and sill I look at it. Thank you for recommending it. I really appreciated your kind words and understanding,but was sad to hear that you lost your mom, recently? I think it is hard no matter what age you are to lose a parent. My grandmother-in-law's mom died at the age of 99 and she said that she still misses her mommy. Blessings to you this weekend!

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