I love airports. Many times it’s just the place for those of us coming and going, but during the holidays it becomes a place where you will find families shedding tears of joy and sadness.
This holiday season was no exception. I had the opportunity to pick up my middle daughter form the airport as she returned from Nashville for Christmas. As I waited anxiously inside the terminal I had the privilege of seeing parents welcoming their college-age children home, grandparents loving on babies and significant others being reunited for the holidays. All of these scenarios were beautiful exchanges of love, tears and hugs that never wanted to end. I found myself tearing up just watching these families as I awaited mine.
There was another very large group awaiting a couple and their newly adopted child from China. There must have been 25 of them. There were grandparents, friends, babies, brothers and sisters all holding signs welcoming this new family home. The excitement was palpable as each new group of people poured from the escalator. While I didn’t actually get to see this family welcomed home from China, it wasn’t necessary as I already knew they would be bombarded with an abundance of love that would spread like wildfire to everyone within earshot.
My favorite exchange, outside of my own baby arriving, was a young mother and her 2-year-old son who awaited the grandparents. They arrived with gifts and hugs all around. As the grandmother bent down to hug her young grandson he said, “we are going to have a baby!” I saw the look of surprise cross her face as she stood and the tears began to fall. She hopefully asked her daughter if it was true. The young mother shook her head yes and said she was pregnant! The grandparents were overjoyed. They were crying, hugging and laughing as they acquired the details. She was, in fact, three months pregnant and she had kept it from them. She knew they were coming for Christmas and she desperately wanted to see their faces when they found out. Well, I think I speak for all of us that were there that morning…it was worth it! Thanks Denver International Airport for the great holiday homecomings!
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G