Listening to: Come Fly With Me (Frank)
Thought for the day: Happy Birthday BNA!
One of my favorite movie moments is Hugh Grant’s opening monologue in Love Actually.
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinions starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
Today my Dad flew in from California for reasons related to yesterday’s post. I decided to meet him at the airport. The above quote came to mind as I stood at the border that separates the people who have had their privates x-rayed from those who have not. I saw the Love Actually sentiment play out in real time. The joy that unfolded was palpable. As I watched, I reflected on a time (pre-9/11 obviously) when this scene was allowed to happen at the gate. I use to gripe and moan about the change, but the truth of the matter is the feeling of seeing a loved one is the same regardless of where the initial meet and greet occurs. The government can toss all the security they like at us, but there are some things that will never change.