I Dropped My Daughter off at the Airport and it was like… Nothing

07.17.12


Jane had a 6.30am flight this morning. She’s just arrived in the midwest for a week of rockclimbing, canoeing and camping with Outward Bound. She went last year and to say that it changed her life would be a gross understatement. The combination of sports and mountaineering has given Jane the ability to walk away from massive amounts of peer pressure to keep outside the fray when it comes to girl drama.

So this morning I set my alarm clock for 4.15. I wanted to be up before Jane, have breakfast for her and be out the door by 4.45 so that we could arrive at LAX by 5.30. Don’t get me started on how absolutely bugged I am that I had to pay $200 in unaccompanied minor fees for a child who doesn’t need to be accompanied. Unfortunately I woke up at 3.30 because someone was pushing me off the bed.

I tried to get back to sleep but sleep never came. He looks sweet and innocent but he’s five pounds of bed hogging trouble.

We made it to the airport and wound our way through security lines and frazzled early morning travelers. Jane had a spring in her step and I said to her, “You’re happy when you’re about to get on a plane, aren’t you?”

She smiled wider and nodded her head.

She kissed me goodbye and boarded the plane without looking back. She wants to travel, she wants to see the world and have new experiences and she wants to experience it all with strangers. With new friends.

I thought I’d feel weird leaving the airport without her but it was like nothing. Maybe because it’s the right thing at the right time and Jane’s in the air while I’m on the ground and that’s exactly as we’re meant to be.

 

 

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4 responses to “I Dropped My Daughter off at the Airport and it was like… Nothing”

  1. Adriennevh says:

    As a mom who’s son is living in his third country in three years, I feel your pain.  

  2. “Five pounds of bed hogging trouble” … that’s funny. I have a Chihuahua like that. Javier.

  3. Gretchen says:

    Loved this!  I need some lessons.  I’ve gotten better and only cry when my daughter has gone onto the plane.  At the same time I am happy she is so confident that she wants to go have adventures.  She is 17 now.  I am hoping to stop getting misty eyed at airports by the time is 40.  :D  

  4. […] Mr. G and I flew home from San Francisco Sunday morning. Since it was Southwest we sort of had to scramble to find two seats together (not that we can’t survive solo) and in the second row there was a boy about our son’s age sitting against the window. He had the little placard around his neck identifying him as an unaccompanied minor. […]

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