Slice of Life Story Challenge March 16 - Airport Observations
Remember the scene from the end of the movie, ‘Love Actually’ where friends and family are reunited at the airport? It’s a great montage moment in the film and captures the importance of reconnecting with loved ones.
This morning I was sitting at
Melbourne Airport preparing to fly to for a week long poetry residency
shared between two schools. Airports are great places for people watching. It
is an opportunity to speculate on the comings and goings of other people.
There’s a multitude of faces going places. There are beginnings and endings,
arrivals and departures all happening in front of you. Just behind me in the
check in line is a young family with twin girls. -Toddlers in perpetual motion
in a large, wide pram. The father manages the extensive gathering of family
luggage. It’s a big operation when a family flies. The mother manages the ever wriggling twin
girls. They squirm and squeal and their mother works hard the entire time to
keep them from becoming wild babies. Her attention is totally focused on twin
control. The negotiating of their time in the line involves a finely tuned set
of manoeuvres. Check in lines can be notoriously slow at times. I admire these parents and the way they sail
through this challenge. Adelaide
Each of us has a unique story and these stories come together in an airport. Sometimes we are totally alone with our stories. When we travel alone one else knows our special circumstances. It lies behind our social masks. I spent the vast majority of this journey observing others. I fully embrace these opportunities to learn about the human condition. Voyeuristic it may be, but people watching is fun. The writer in me loves it.