All You Need Is Love . . . And a Flight Home
My Valentines Day didn’t start out that great. I landed at Newark (from San Francisco) around 12:30 this morning. Getting on that flight was pretty much a miracle. There was a small window where flights were allowed to come into New York and after running all around SFO going from one gate to another just to get disappointed when I was greeted with the huge words CANCELLED on every departure gate I finally found one that said ON TIME . . . and by some miracle they had an open seat for me. The flight was FULL of turbulence and the landing (in the middle of a blizzard) was sketchy to say the least. The scariest part was the cab ride home. Because of the blizzard, only a few cars were allowed on the road so each cab had multiple people/stops. Mine (after sliding ALL OVER the NJ turnpike) made two stops in the city before making the trek over the bridge to my stop. I finally got out of the cab (AT 3 AM!), grabbed my bags and ran inside. The second I shut the door to our apartment my heartbeat slowed, my shoulders lowered. I was home . . . with my sleeping boys . . . the loves of my life.
That journey home is a lot like falling in love. You are sometimes desperate to find it . . . running all over the place . . . just trying to be at the right place at the right time. After you find it, the journey is hard and scary at times . . . really pushes you to your limits and then . . . you’re home. You feel comforted and settled and content and healthy and complete.
Over the past 10.5 years I have gone through that journey three times. The most recent were with these two. It’s hard for me to put into words what they mean to me. They are both my little boys and they make me smile and laugh and be grateful for my life everyday.
. . . and then of course is my forever Valentine . . . my incredible husband (that got me a million cards, flowers and chocolate). He opened my heart in a way I never knew was possible 10.5 years ago. Together we’ve built a life that has certainly had “turbulence” and “slippery roads “. . . but also one full of love, gratitude and adventure.
So while today is Valentines Day . . . everyday for me is about those journeys and the love that I have for my friends and family. Happy Valentine’s Day mom (and anyone else that happens to read this :))! xoxo