Observation at O’Hare Airport

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

As a semi-sociologist, I enjoy watching people and various situations. Usually in airports, I am in a hurry trying to get from one place to another that I miss out on some of the interactions that happen on a daily basis.

Today, I left my wallet in my dad’s car and I had to wait for him to return to the airport. As I was waiting outside in the departure area, I saw two things that made me think.

First of all, there was a man, who was going to leave on a flight (I could tell by his luggage) who ended up hugging this woman (she came out of the driver’s side) for a long time. At first, I didn’t think anything of it. But then the hug lasted for about 10 minutes. Then I started to wonder… was this going to be the last time they were going to see each other?

Then a lady was dropping off a young man. I could tell that it was a mom by the way she was wiping her tears after her son entered into the airport. I was wondering… how much the mother loves her son… was it going to be a long while until they see each other again.

In airports, along with bus stations and train stations, there is a picture of sadness and happiness. Sadness… when we have to say bye to people. Happiness… when we welcome people.

One place… two emotions.

Mother’s Day 2007

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Christina and I woke up at 3:30AM on Sunday early morning to get ready for our 6AM flight. I was in a dilemma – I knew if I slept that I would never get up, therefore I ended up staying up for most of the night. We were originally planning on having a Mother’s Day breakfast before Sunday Celebration but due to our travels and the time of our breakfast reservation, we decided to just do lunch.

As we were recognizing the mothers at Sunday Celebration, I got a little bit choked up as I was recognizing my mom. I realized that she has played a big part in my life. She has always been sacrificial, selfless, and steadfast. She is one of the most incredible women on the face of this earth.

Our whole family went out for lunch, and then I ended up driving my parents back to Chicago. Within one hour into the drive my mom told me to pull over because she noticed that I was tired. I don’t know if it was her prophetic gifts or just a mother’s instincts :-)

After driving my parents home, I headed out to HMCC of Chicago to speak.

What a weekend!