|Meghan and Pete|
We had a great week together, Meghan, me, her sisters and brothers, her Dad and Kathryn, her "Grammy," other relatives and friends. She hadn't been home in a year and a half. There were only five days to fit it all in, and she did. She did a few of her favorite local things, spent time at her Dad's house, and there was the perfect Lake George beach day in Bolton Landing. She had dinner at Beekman Street Bistro and drinks at the Adelphi with friends. Her days were filled with Henry and Peter and laughing and fun. I'm so glad I took the whole week off to spend time with my kids enjoying each others' company. It was a "staycation" and one of the happiest weeks I've ever had.
So, when it was time to say good-bye at Albany airport this past Friday evening, Meghan knew it would be hard. She tried to buffer it by telling me she was fine and would go read her book. I could go. I had planned to hang out until we couldn't hang out another second. She probably didn't want a replay of me leaving LAX a year ago, when she dropped me off and we strangle-hugged through her van window as cars whizzed by, and I checked my luggage with tears streaming down my face. No, she didn't want us to go through that again. So she walked me out to the sidewalk, gave me a cheerful, loving hug, and we went our separate ways (both in tears, by the way - seems inevitable). I got in my car and thought, no... I'm not leaving until I see her plane take off. I drove to the parking observation area, and patiently waited there for almost an hour while planes took off and landed, and at exactly 6:05 p.m., waved wildly as her Continental flight lifted off right in front of me. It was then that I could get in the car and drive away, but not until then.
|Meghan and me after our day at Bolton Landing|
I love airports, even when they make me cry.