My favorite thing this week was getting to be a part of an airport hello. You know, the magical greeting that takes place at the airport. I go out of my way to take advantage of as many of these as possible. I will be sure to take my husband to the airport instead of him leaving a car there, even if it’s just for a couple of days, just so I get to go back and pick him up. This week he was returning from a business trip, after getting a “bonus” night in Chicago due to weather. It’s nice to have my best friend back home.

Since airport hellos bring me such joy, I have given them quite a bit of thought. If it’s someone in my household returning home, chances are that I have missed them and can’t wait to see them again. If it’s someone traveling to us for a visit, chances are we adore them (and they adore us) and it’s been way too long since we last saw each other. Again, can’t wait to see them. I have been known to meet people at the airport even when they were renting their own car while they were here, just because I was so excited to see them and didn’t want to wait another minute for them to drive to our house from the airport!

old plane at SGF

Over the years, my favorite airport hellos have been when the kids and I have been separated from my husband for a week or two. Whether we were the ones traveling, or he was the one traveling, the airport hellos were always the best! When our kids were little, they would see him and go charging through the airport screaming “Daddy!!!!” and jump into his arms. I would eventually catch up and there would be a great big family hug. Seeing kids and dads who love each other makes my heart want to explode with joy.

In addition to experiencing my own airport hellos, I am a huge fan of watching other people’s hellos. Airport hellos are, by their very nature, some of the sweetest and most tender moments in life. For some reason, the love people have for each other really shows at the airport. Seeing the airport hellos of military personnel returning from service brings goosebumps of happiness every time I see it. Family and friends reuniting, kids running to parents, grandparents walking through the gate and being bombarded with grandkids; all these moments are golden.

I’ve dreamed of being in the airport with my camera so I could capture some of the sweetness I always see in other people’s greetings when I’m there, but I always feel like those moments are so intensely personal that it would be weird for some strange lady to be taking pictures! Of course, I’ve never captured my own moments, either, because even though I am the designated family historian, there are some experiences that are way too magical to interrupt with photography.

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5 Responses to Airport Hellos

  1. Julie says:

    I have to agree… I love airport reunions and always way to involved to take a photo of it all!

  2. Betsy says:

    Yes, I think an event that naturally absorbs our undivided attention is elevated to an even higher level of specialness . :)

  3. Stacey says:

    Hi Betsy! Love all of the things you do (I feel very inadequate when I read them-haha). Your post about the airport hellos had me thinking about a dear friend who past away in September. Christopher married one of my soriety sisters and we had been friends forever. Any way, he was a swimmer and water polo player, but had a passion for photography and baseball. He was a member of The Dugout Club at Fresno State and was the “unofficial-official” photographer of the baseball team. He would take hundreds of pictures at every home game and upload them to his website (I can’t remember the exact name). The photos were available for anyone to download. The interesting thing that started to happen was from the opposing teams. Family members were able to see their sons playing against FSU. He would get so many thank yous from people all over the country who couldn’t travel with their son to all of the away games. It was those memories that meant so much to the parents.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. […] with my favorite airport hello of all time. (I love airport hellos. I’ve written about them here and here.) Even though social media kept us in touch with her while she was gone, I missed her a […]

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