Posted by: jeannineatkins | November 21, 2007


Last night my husband and I drove to the airport to greet our one and only at her 10:30 pm arrival. A bit over three hours later, we got to hug her. She was full of stories about the fog over Hartford –“but, hey, why are all those other planes landing?” – then turning around. The pilot announced the fog detecting device was busted, while passengers helpfully shouted out other places they might land. They ended up swooping over Manhattan, which E. said looked glorious, if a bit too close for comfort, then sitting at LaGuardia for about two hours while the fog device was fixed and they refueled.

It was wonderful to hug her, and she was happy to wear a winter coat, and laughed when, walking to the car, my husband smashed her with some snow; she delightedly rubbed it between her bare hands (though she has been gloating about the 70 degree temps in New Orleans). She said how weird and grown-up she felt to be coming home for Thanksgiving; she really is almost nineteen. She reveled in the ride “Oh I love Rt 91! Oh, there’s signs for West Springfield! Northampton!” and when we got home, after our little dog ran laps around her, bustled, tail wagging, in her lap, and engaged her in a much-missed game of chase-me, she exclaimed some more at the ordinary. “Oh, our paper towel holder! Oh, that cup! Our tea kettle! And Izzies soda and hummus and real fresh vegetables and blue chips!”

And we, too, felt how great it is to be home.
Happy holidays to all!



  1. This is what it’s all about. Enjoy your special time together. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I know! My daughter was sooooo glad to be back too, even though she’s made it for a couple quickie trips since she left.
    The little things please her . . . like her brother making waffles and our Cookie rushing out the door to greet her.

  3. Watching our big kids appreciate home again when they return for visits is kind of like seeing the world through their eyes when they are little, isn’t it? I’m so glad that you have your daughter home for the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! :o)

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