Wednesday, June 1, 2011

At The Airport....

Suited chauffeurs anxiously scanning the flood of people descending the elevator for someone who might match the name on the sign they hold. Camo-clad soldiers leaving  their well-rehearsed military  stance behind as they rush through the crowds to be reunited with their families. 


Capri-and-tank-dressed moms keeping a watchful eye over their excited brood of children pumping  “Hi Grandma and Grandpa” signs into the air with excited giggles. Couples reuniting with lingering hugs and excited smiles that are impossible to erase, even by the thought of long baggage claim lines. 



Tattooed grungy loners hauling their oversized musical instruments on their back sifting through their carry-on for a pack of Camels. Businessmen with their loosened ties, rolling laptop cases and scanning for the nearest coffee shop. 

Salt-and-pepper-templed pilots with a mini passle of matching flight attendants following closely behind, all making their way to the next terminal and the next plane that will take them miles above the clouds to  a brand new destination

The sound of languages from nearly every country imaginable blurring throughout the lower level – drowned out only by the intercom lady announcing for what seemed like the tenth time that “Effective Immediately by Homeland Security, no liquids would be allowed on the plane.” The question “How was your flight?” being asked by nearly every reunited group to pass by – at least by the English-speakers but I imagine by all the others too. Followed by passengers spilling juicy stories about the drunkenly-passed-out row partner they had to endure during their flight, or the incessant-chair-kicker or colicky baby.

The smell of coffee, fresh newspapers and some kind of disinfectant all mingled with various fast food  heavy in the air.


So many stories in one single space. As I waited in the arrivals pit last Friday night to pick up my weekend guest, I didn’t even mind that I was nearly an hour early. It’s just one of the reasons I love airports and flying so much. I find the whole process exhilarating. It’s cultural. It’s an adventure. And Best of all......it's an escape. I so feel like escaping today.....

21 comments:

Rissy said...

you my dear are a truly beautiful writer.

this expresses why I love airports so much better than I ever could!

CarissaExplainsItAll

*Allie* said...

Have you ever seen Love Actually? Your post reminds me of that movie. Beautiful pictures!

Jamie said...

If you can believe it, I've never flown on a plane but this post makes me want to :)

Becca said...

Love this!!

Young and Fabulous said...

this actually made airports sound amazing

because let me tell you, I am a girl with a horrific fear of flying and airports

but in all honesty, I totally see all of this now..I love watching people come running out of the terminals into their lovers arms. one of my best friends' boyfriend just came home from overseas with the army and I can just imagine the excitement she felt as she ran up to him in his arms!

you are such a fab writer and obviously have the ability to make something so scary (to me!) sound so awesome. It really is cultural too. There are so many stories and situations going on in airports that one may never know!

xoxox

Stephanie and Such said...

Umm my next flight is in a month...but you make me want to get on the plane TODAY!!

I love being at the airport and seeing so many people, and wondering what their "story" is. Not only that, I love listening to peoples convos on the plane, and making airplane friends!!

Taryn said...

Ah stunning post - airports are such "happy-sad" places, especially the international section!!

xoxo
Taryn

Ashley said...

love this post! i just came back from chicago and of course had to enjoy lovely airports! i agree, airports can be amazing and exhausting at the same time. lol. beautiful post ash ;)

Michelle said...

You are beyond creative! You always have the best ideas for posts! You are also a great writer! I love it! I love airports and flying but you seriously just gave it all a whole other meaning! LOVE IT!

Katie said...

Why do you have to go and make my posts look lame? :) I am obsessed with airports and lovee sitting in them people watching. It does feel like an escape! Growing up I hated flying but now I enjoy it mucho :)

Jana said...

I love this post!! I too love to fly and just love to be in an airport. It means I am going somehwere other than Raleigh, haha

-The Frog Princess- said...

I too love airports. Beautiful post.

Chels said...

I loved reading this.. your images, your thoughts.. all inspiring and intriguing! I agree with your like of airports and flying :)

Julip Made said...

You really are a great writer. I can hear, smell, and see everything you were describing like I was there. Love this post!

Jennifer said...

This gave me goosebumps... I can only imagine what it will feel like to cling to paul in his cammies when he gets back from deployment

bigcitybabycarrots said...

I usually hate the whole flying experience, but this is a beautiful take on it.

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

that military pic gets me every time. so amazing.

i love airports/travel/flying...but we're going to australia soon. HATE that flight. but aus isn't so bad :)

Jessica said...

You are a beautiful writer and this post made me feel as if I were in the airport experiencing everything first hand. Love it & your blog!

Megan said...

This is beautifully written, Ash!! I love airports, too. They are so magical and interesting!

Lindsey said...

Such a great post. You really are a great writer. Love Actually has the best airport shots and they were all real life shots! Loveeeee that movie.

Katie said...

I remember this post from when I stalked you once before - yes, I am that creepy - and I remember how much I love it. All the feelings. Going to the airport to fly for the first time honestly felt like that (plus nervous wanting to throw up..) gah. I need to travel again!