give me some of that airport joy

16 Dec

Following the advice of my friend John I decided to lighten things up a bit since my last posts were a bit on the dark side. After all there are enough of problems and misery in the world, who needs to read about MORE depressing stuff?

Yesterday, I went to pick my mom up from the airport. SHE IS BACK. She is still not well but this post is not about her. This post is about my newly found way of cheering oneself up.

While I was waiting for my mom to come out, I had some time to kill. As a stay at home mom to two young kids I don’t have that luxury often and If I do, I never just pause to relax, I find a million little things to squeeze into my alone time. So I was a bit unfamiliar with this waiting around and doing nothing part. I looked around and started to observe the people and things around me.

The first thing I saw were a pair of turquoise super extra high heel booties a woman was wearing next to me. She was dressed to perfection (way too overdressed for 4:45 pm if you ask me) but who knows who she needed wanted to impress. I started guessing. It was probably a boyfriend (too young to have anything other than a boyfriend). The thought of not knowing intrigued me.

I started looking around. Most of the people who were waiting next to me were couples in their mid 50’s anxiously waiting for their son or daughter to come home for the Christmas holidays. But they were not alone. The yiayia and pappous (grandma & grandpa) from the village were there as well. The uncle, cousins and friends of the family were there as well. Being in a Greek airport you get the whole big fat Greek family to welcome just one member. We are like this. We do everything surrounded by the whole family. If you ever go to a Greek hospital to visit someone be prepared to stumble upon the whole family of the patient squeezed into one room even if this patient shares a triple room. You do the math.

Suddenly I heard a shout: DADDDDDYYYYYYYYYY. A small girl managed to get everyone’s attention (including daddy who was waiting for his suitcase and was waving like a lunatic). I looked at the mom. She had tears. Tears of joy. I looked at the child. She was ecstatically shedding hers. I suddenly felt overwhelmed. I felt their joy. It was contagious.

If you ever feel down, or slightly depressed, or troubled or anything other than happy, a trip to the arrivals hall of the airport will do the trick (it will definitely not work with the departures hall, for the obvious reasons).




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10 Responses to “give me some of that airport joy”

  1. dorokz December 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    That about Greek families at airports is so true…while I was working at the airport last summer I witnessed many such reunions….the most touching though was many, many years ago at the old airport in Glyfada, where a super elegantly dressed woman in her 60ies was waiting next to me. When her son, in his early 40ies walked through customs and she recognized him, she fell to the ground hin front of him, hugging his legs and shouting his name over and over again, shedding tears of joy(I was crying myself). No eye remained dry all around…that man was sooooo embarrassed, he kept urging her to get up, but she took her time…
    Yes, if you are down and out, you should definitely spend some time in the airport waiting area.

  2. gaitanaki (eliza) December 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I cry every time we are at the airport. And as you can imagine we are there many times throughout the year. Mixed feelings. So different every time. That’s why I decided to give it a category in my blog (the in between). Airports can shape your character, holding in the tears, trying to smile when you can’t. Difficult moments.

  3. ramblingsfromamum December 17, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    T Firstly I received your email and read 2 words and it disappeared! Could you please be so kind and resend? 🙂
    Airports – a happy post and something we all are needing right now – so thank you for lifting spirits of those who you follow you 🙂
    I’m a mess at Airports (ok mainly round the departure doors) I even cry when I see complete strangers hugging their loves ones – I know pathetic – but I’m an emotional little Cancerian poppet.
    But let’s have 3 cheers for the “Hello’s – the Welcome Home – the So good your’e finally here – and the I have missed you”. Let’s keep the joy of this post through the next week and beyond! 🙂 Well done T. xx

    • wonderlandbytatu December 17, 2012 at 11:47 am #

      yes, I am ‘pathetic’ like that as well. I get easily emotional, you should have seen me at my nieces dance recital on Saturday 😉

  4. ramblingsfromamum December 17, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    ok some of that didn;t make sense guess I was too excited when I wrote! “Lifting the spirits of those what follow you” Kinda’ doubled up there 😉

    • ramblingsfromamum December 17, 2012 at 3:33 am #

      and then a further typo ..see what you have done **laughing**

      • wonderlandbytatu December 17, 2012 at 11:48 am #

        I don’t mind typos at all, it shows me that the post is authentic!

  5. ramblingsfromamum December 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    🙂 Hugs to you then 🙂

  6. Ice Beautiful December 18, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    First of all so many of your posts make me feel not alone in my struggle being a mother so please continue in the same manner. It does not matter whether cheerful or depressive it is. Writing also can work as a therapy so please keep on doing this and I always be here to read.
    Speaking of killing the time I also have never had too many possibilities for it. In Iceland obviously as in Lithuania people in the airport are behaving in more Nordic temper and I have never noticed anything so emotional. Well my last time meeting somebody at the airport was at 6:45 a.m. from the flight from USA – everybody were too tired to show emotions 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu December 18, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      yes, I know what you mean. The same with German airports. People there are much more reserved…you see, here in the Mediterranean we are all about passionately expressing our feelings 😉

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