Home For The Holidays!

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate 0396717

Arriving Gate 12 ABIAHurrying through the ABIA airport terminal, I think I have timed this perfectly. Arriving about 5 minutes before the flight and allowing for baggage pickup we should be out and at the parking toll booth in under 30 minutes so it will be free! Glancing at the monitor, I see that the Southwest flight from Dallas is delayed and will not arrive for another hour. #%!*@! in my haste and excitement, I left the house without looking on line to check the status and also left my phone at home...What to do? I make my way to the coffee shop and look for something to read but no luck, it's the end of the day, all of the papers are gone, there are no magazines of interest and I don't want to start a new book. So I return to baggage claim area, take a seat to people watch until our sons flight from school touches down.

Our son was home a few weeks ago for Thanksgiving and it was an interesting and fun visit. We all enjoyed ourselves and when we put him on the plane back to Tulsa were relieved that he seemed to be doing so well while away at school at Tulsa University in Oklahoma. My wife remarked that she was so proud of him and how he was doing just fine on his own and did not really need us all that much anymore. We agreed and then the tears came; yes we seemed to have done a good job so far but with the realization that he is NOT our baby boy anymore. My wife's parents and my Father have always been an incredible inspiration and I know that we BOTH hope that we have in some way raised our children to be better people and to help them both keep their heads when all about are losing theirs.

My thoughts are interrupted by Willie Nelson's version of "Silent Night" over the speakers (yes this IS Austin, Texas) and the shuffle and clamor of people arriving to pick up baggage and meet their friends and relatives.I watch as people shout, laugh out loud, hug, kiss and exclaim how they have missed one another. Little children,  squealing with delight rushing to grandparents and parents, friends and lovers, husbands and wives embracing with joy. I see soldiers reuniting with families draped over them laughing and shouting. And tears...I see so many tears of greeting, happiness, welcome and relief. I read once that tears are the inability of a person to express themselves in words and for all of these people it is true! The airport is one of those places where there are many reunions on many different levels and never more so than during the Holidays.

The terminal quiets as people clear out and I am left listening to more Austin artists performing different versions of holiday classics. Checking the monitor, I smile as I see that our son's plane has ARRIVED. After a few minutes it changes to LANDED and finally, AT GATE 12.I start to get excited and move to the stairs and station myself behind a group of people so I can spot him first before he sees me! People begin arriving and taking the escalators and stairs down and I anxiously wait until I see him strolling down the stairs and looking for me or his Mom. I wait, just enjoying the sight of the young man as he continues down the stairs and when he finally spots me, he breaks into that huge infectious smile. As he reaches me we hug one another and while I am embracing him I feel the tears begin to well up in my eyes and I brush them away as we head for the carousel. I really cannot explain the way his mother and I truly feel about him (and his younger sister) so I guess the theory about tears is true for me too! We move to pick up his baggage and he says "I am starving and have not eaten since noon" so it's apparent he is healthy and normal. The funny part about all of this is that we will probably have some normal parent/child arguments over the next few days however, in the grand scheme of things, my wife and I are blessed beyond measure to have two healthy, intelligent, happy, fairly normal children and a family that that functions on a "normal" basis! (Whatever that is?)

We are in a time of great strife, problems and uncertainty. There is a lot of fear, loss and suffering in our country and throughout the world. I hope that each person who reads this will make the effort at finding some small connection to a person, place, idea, event or memory that will somehow help to magnify the glimmer of hope that this season is supposed bring to us all. I say this not to be unthinkingly optimistic but to remind myself as much as anything to be grateful. At times, I also get discouraged and have a tendency to allow a darker side to obscure my view and dwell on the negative. Our family, like many others is faced with challenges but we have it very good with so many blessings that our gratitude list overwhelms our troubles, doubts and so called problems. My wish for each of you this season is the gift of Joy, Gratitude, Hope and Peace. Peace be with you and yours (no exceptions)!

I am glad I had the time to wait and quietly observe and reflect. It did however cost me $8.00 in parking fees and...Oh, the parent/child squabbles that I mentioned might occur earlier? Yep, they started during the ride home from the airport when he began to criticize my driving! HAH! As, George Bailey would say, "It's a wonderful life!

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Bill

Now this is quite the departure from your other "Holiday" post! Good to see all is well on te home front. Best of the season to you and your family!

Dec 23, 2008 05:25 AM #54
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Beiser Hey man...thanks for the "generic" comment! You knew it would make me laugh!

Mattie so WHO'S counting???

Russel yes and my laptop too, which I rarely do! Funny but it worked out well to be un-tethered as they say! Thanks for dropping by!

Scott Thanks, it was a to have two pieces abut the season and I guess the Christmas meme made it three! Thanks again for the compliment!

Bill Yes, two completely different looks at the season and thanks for dropping by! Talk to you soon!

Dec 23, 2008 02:22 PM #55
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Charles Gardner-Realtor/Investor
ZIP Realty, Inc-Houston District - Humble, TX

Happy Holiday,

I enjoy the Zilker Park post and I was 'moved' with your thoughts as you waiting at the airport.  We all have reason to be optimistic and recall the reason for the season.  Let none of become discouraged.  Peace on earth and peace, joy and happiness to you and your family.  Thanks for being a good Texan.

Dec 23, 2008 03:22 PM #56
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

What a poignant story, Russell. Thanks for sharing it. When we see our children thinking independently, we know we've done our job. We probably wouldn't want them living at home again, but it sure is nice to have them come home for a visit.

Dec 24, 2008 09:39 PM #57
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
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CharlesThat's pretty funny that you read the "bad Santa" post first. I do have a more contemplative side at times but as you can see I am not much for middle of the road. Thank you for commenting and now I  need to follow up and see where is Texas you live and check out your blog!

Sharon It's so good to hear from you. I know you have been swamped from the move to your new office!  I appreciate your comment and yes it is good to have them visit but you are so right about moving home permanently! WOW! That would take some getting used to for sure!

Dec 25, 2008 09:31 AM #58
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Suzy

Russell, this article reveals another side of you that a lot of people do not know. You are a very compassionate family man! Wonderful story!

Dec 26, 2008 01:16 AM #59
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Anne Giles
AvenueOne Properties, Inc. - Austin, TX

Hi Russell, I think I enjoyed reading this a second time even more than I did the first. Well written and very revealing.

Dec 26, 2008 06:04 AM #60
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Rich Mielke
REMAX Results, Frederick MD - Frederick, MD
REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate

Russell, A very nice post indeed. Must be some kind of strange feeling to have your son criticize your driving, tho.

Dec 26, 2008 01:40 PM #61
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Suzy Thanks but you know that I have a softer side ...now and then!

Anne I appreciate your comments and compliment. We do get attached to our children so strongly that in spite of any differences we always love and accept them and they usually do the same...Thankfully!

Rich Thanks and though I don't care to admit it, my son is probably a better driver than me ! LOL

Dec 26, 2008 11:36 PM #62
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
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Russel I did indeed leave BOTH my cell phone and Laptop at home and at first experienced some anxiety behind that but just took a deep breath...I actually enjoy those times where you can just sit back and relax. Thanks again for dropping by!

Dec 28, 2008 05:24 AM #63
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Mandy Andrews
Texas American Title Company - Austin, TX

It is a Wonderful Life -- i think as we get older in age family values/memories start to become more treasured.  I remember when i was younger (early 20's) i'd hop on a plane to leave my family and i didn't even want to embrace the moment or loving touch.  Now everytime we part ways i tier up and give an extra squeeze.  

Best Wishes in the 2009!!!

Dec 30, 2008 08:11 AM #64
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Mandy Thanks for dropping by! I know what you mean, I have always been close to my children but when they leave it's harder than I thought. My wife and I are still getting used to the idea that he is "independent" and that's a good thing! Best to you in the New Year!

Dec 30, 2008 11:01 AM #65
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
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UH-OH. now there is something I have never done before. I replied to a comment without logging in! Okay here it is again!

Mandy Thanks for dropping by! I know what you mean, I have always been close to my children but when they leave it's harder than I thought. My wife and I are still getting used to the idea that he is "independent" and that's a good thing! Best to you in the New Year!

I think I might need a nap...

Dec 30, 2008 12:08 PM #66
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Mattie Lewis
Student at UofH Go Coogs! - Austin, TX

How many more days? Just kidding, it's been nice to be together over Christmas!

Dec 31, 2008 06:49 AM #67
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Are you really counting? From all the fun you all have been having I think it's a moot point. I will say that I am going to be a little sad when he heads back to school next week...

Jan 03, 2009 03:55 AM #68
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Mattie Lewis
Student at UofH Go Coogs! - Austin, TX

Just think...one more day and he will go back to school!!! Ha Ha, surprisingly, it's been fun!

Jan 10, 2009 10:04 AM #69
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Okay! The coast is clear! I just dropped him at the airport so it will be quiet around the lewis house fir awhile. At least until he returns with a herd of his fraternity brothers for ACL

*UH-OH*

Jan 11, 2009 05:23 AM #70
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Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source

Ah, time to get back to school and work.  Here's to a great start for both.

Jan 11, 2009 06:14 AM #71
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

 Ricki Thanks for dropping by. I think he was glad to get back to school after the long and fairly fun break and yes we are all ready to gt back to work after the holidays!

Jan 11, 2009 07:06 AM #72
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Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Russell, I just got back a little while ago from dropping my baby back at college!  He was kind of down over a recent break-up, nervous about the new classes and I got teary eyed as we talked on the way up.  When we got there, a friend ran up to him, almost knocked him over, he was that glad to see him, helped us carry his stuff in.  Mike gave me a quick hug and walked away with his friend talking and laughing, without a backwards glance, so, I am assuming he will be just fine.  It will be quiet around here with no one for his little brother to complain about.  But I still have his messy room to remember him by!  xxoo

Jan 11, 2009 10:48 AM #73
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