Picking Up Dad


Halfway through our trip to Boston I got to stay up way past my bedtime to meet Dad at the airport.


Mom says, for some reason, airport hellos are sweeter than other hellos. I think she’s right.

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge—they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion … love actually is all around.” —Hugh Grant in the movie Love Actually