David has finally arrived in Boston. What a long, long separation and how sweet it is to be together again. I recruited my brother-in-law, Kerry, for a midnight pick-up at Boston's Logan airport. I had planned to stay with Bea and wait, rather impatiently, for them to arrive. My sister Lin, however, showed up to stay with Bea, even though it was a “school night” and she had to work the next day. This allowed me to be at the airport for the first, long, overdue hug and kiss. (no photos)
We had a hard time finding the Virgin America pick-up point and ended up being a few minutes late. Kerry dropped me off and I scouted the baggage claim area for signs of David. I spotted him heading out to the curb. How come after 30 years, my heart still skips a beat? He saw me and the smile on his face was reward enough for making a midnight foray into the city.
Flying half way around the world takes a long time. In this case, it was 33 hours and 20 minutes from the time I boarded the plane in Adelaide to my exit from the plane in Boston. Since I never seem to be able to sleep on a plane, I was pretty tired. But it was uneventful - no canceled flights, no re-routings and not even any delays. The trip was pretty easy compared to Marcie's trip back which literally took days.
We have always tried to see each other off and meet each other at the airport when one of us is traveling. Since Bea can't be left alone, I knew it just wasn't possible this time, and was looking for Kerry when I arrived in Boston. What a great surprise to see Marcie.
Even if it is a chick flick, one of my favorite movies is Love Actually, and in particular the footage that was shot at the arrivals gate at Heathrow at the very beginning and at the end of the movie. Separations are hard, but re-uniting after a separation is wonderful.
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