Sunday, June 03, 2007

There and Back Again

You would think that the repetition of an action would make that action become easier with time. Wouldn't you? I'd say mostly this is true. However, I seem to have an exception to this rule in the form of taking loved ones to and from the airport. It seems no matter how many times I do it, it will never become easier. *sigh*

So instead of focusing on my sadness, I decided to share some observations I made "there and back again". =)

1. Go the speed limit. It seems policemen are out in force on a Friday night at 3:00am (or rather Saturday morning). Hey, I'm old - it's been awhile since I was out late like that. lol

2. Airport check-in desks don't open until 4:30am. which is met with a bit of trepidation when you should be checking in at 4 since it is an international flight.

3. There are A LOT of people flying at 6:00am on a Saturday. Shocking, I know!

4. The airport is not as creepy as I thought it would be before dawn. (see #3)

5. THAT is what a sunrise looks like! I have a personal creed which states, that unless it is humanly impossible to avoid, one should not get up before the sun. The sunrise was very pretty peaking over the huge wall of storm clouds with its soft pinks and purples; but I still prefer the fiery reds and oranges of sunset.

6. Evidently, 3.5 hrs of sleep is enough to keep me awake all day with no napping required *groan*. I usually get physically ill on a couple of hours of sleep - normally I would just stay awake all night - but I guess my sick factor begins right under 3.5 hrs.

7. God sometimes throws you a bone and stops the rain when driving home, which would not have mixed well with the bouts of crying that popped up during the drive. =)

8. Kitties inexplicably have some sixth sense which makes them extra sweet and loving when you are sad. AND they reinforce this by snuggling up against you all day even if you can't go back to sleep (though not from lack of trying!).

9. While trying to sleep and watching one of my favorite shows (Most Haunted on Travel Channel), I reflect on the fact that my husband and I happily indulge each other in our TV viewing selections. Me - his fascination with "B" movies such as "Spiders vs. Earth" and "THEM!" which is about large nuclear ants; Him - my fascination with shows like "Ghost Hunters" on SciFi and Most Haunted . It's endearing....aren't we sweet? hehe

10. The thankfulness I feel for safe journeys and the knowledge that hard times are merely passing phases. =)

And now just because it makes me smile, here is a gratuitous picture of Sophie which mysteriously found its way onto my computer. Stefano evidently thinks she is cute too!




More later...

4 comments :

J.Doe said...

I was in an airport the Saturday before Memorial Day. I don't know what time the airport check in desk opened, but by 5:30 AM the place was packed.

Giulia said...

"Hey, I'm old - it's been awhile since I was out late like that."
I can relate. I think my record now is 1 a.m.! lol

"There are A LOT of people flying at 6:00am on a Saturday."
That IS shocking! My assumption is that fares are more lower at that time?

I love the description of the sunrise that you saw and I totally agree that one should not wake up before the sun does. ;)

"Evidently, 3.5 hrs of sleep is enough to keep me awake all day with no napping required *groan*. "
Yeah, I learned that (the hard way) when I had my first child and just begged that she would give me a good 3 to 4 hours of straight sleep. Before that, I needed at least 8 hours of sleep to be in a good mood when I woke up in the morning!

"God sometimes throws you a bone and stops the rain when driving home, which would not have mixed well with the bouts of crying that popped up during the drive. =)"
Yes, it would have been really hard to drive through tears and rain. YIKES

That was so sweet of your kitties to give you that extra bit of love just when you needed it the most.

" The thankfulness I feel for safe journeys and the knowledge that hard times are merely passing phases. =)"
I COULDN'T AGREE MORE!

american girl in italy said...

Do you know HOW BAD I wish Malpensa would build a hotel IN their airport. Think how great it would be to drive to malpensa teh night before (when there is not traffic) sleep in the hotel, and then wake up, walk downstairs and check into your flight. You could even go back to your room for about an hour, and get ready for your flight. Also, you could drop friends off the night before, that have 6am flights back to the states. Please oh please Malpensa, build a hotel inside your airport!!!!

Cynthia Rae said...

I know how you feel. I am always sad and happy at the airport. It really is a love hate realationship. It seems like I am always thrilled to be going to see someone while sad about leaving someone behind.

This summer Danilo and I will travel to the States TOGETHER for the first time. I already find myself sad about leaving poor Opus and Roscoe home alone.

Sigh. This is the life when you have one foot in Italy and one in America. No one said it would be easy, but who knew it would be so hard!

Keeping you in my thoughts....
Cyn