Channelled by susan
Another day, another kid. Airport vignette below sent to me by my sister Eve. (See 'Take the Amtrak' post, September 22. That sister.)
"On the way home we got stuck in a TWO HOUR security check line to get to the gate. Everyone was complaining, irritated, afraid their planes were leaving and so on.
Suddenly a small family group, frazzled but attractive blue jean-and-tee shirt mother, serious forty year old redneck father, baseball hat high school-looking son with girlfriend or wife (also looking about 18 ) appear beside us and with great dignity ask if the boy can break into the line because he is headed to California to be sent to Iraq, and if he misses the plane he will be considered AWOL.
Needless to say the line opened up but not before the boy hugged his parents over and over (at the age where most teenagers are not speaking to parents). The mother did not cry until after the son disappeared ahead in the line. The father kept saying "keep in touch" and holding the boy's hand. The line got very quiet and people stopped sorting their gels and toothpaste and quit their complaining. Hope I do not see that kid on Jim Lehrer, would recognize the so young face instantly. It is all so wrong."