We walked through the airport towing our bags behind us. I double check our boarding passes, and we started toward the security line for terminal A.
When we rounded the corner a couple stood off to the side, right in front of the criss-cross maze of plastic bins and metal detectors that would take them apart.
She buried her face in his chest, and she cried.
He cradled her head to his shoulder and brushed strands of hair away from her forehead. He whispered soothing words that only they could hear. She silently brought a hand to her mouth, and the tears came even harder.
When we walked past them into the first queue of the security line, he was rocking her quietly back & forth. And I reached out for Justin’s hand and gave it a squeeze.
It was clear that we were witnessing a goodbye. I didn’t know for what reason or for how long. But when we brushed by those two people, when we came into orbit of their little world for even just a couple seconds, my heart ached right along with them.
And I was reminded to be grateful.
Grateful that we get to go through the metal detectors together. Grateful that we get to eat bad airport food side by side. And grateful that wherever it is that we happen to have to go that day, I’m still always home.
The past few days we were in Chicago speaking on the Married Couple’s Panel at Skip’s Summer School. Alongside Bob & Dawn Davis , Vicki & Jed Taufer , and Kevin & Clare Kubota, we spoke for two hours about the challenges and rewards of building a life and a business side by side with your spouse. Which let’s face it….is not always easy. My favorite line of the day came from Vicki when she said, “It’s really hard when the shoulder you want to cry on is also the neck you want to wring.” Wives of the world, how TRUE is that?! It is true….it isn’t always easy.
But as we walked to our gate together….I was reminded yet again, that it is always worth it.
And this life that we lead it turns out, is a really, really lucky one.
**HUGE thanks to Genesis Photography for grabbing these shots of us during the panel!
Ok, whew. That was really heavy. Since it’s been a while since we’ve had a contest, I say we have one to help lighten the mood! Just leave us a comment in the box below letting us know how your summer is going & one lucky winner will receive a $25 Starbucks card. And….GO!!