It’s not easy to get into
(pic borrowed from web)
A grueling flight (sixteen hours). Paperwork before the plane lands. A line that winds and twists like a ride at Worlds of Fun. Removing shoes and jacket, opening laptop and carryon, standing tall and lifting arms. Anything in your pockets? Got liquids? Wearing a belt? One guy takes off his shirt, bare skinned in protest to “excessive security.” (Obviously an American.)
I don’t mind any of it, but that’s a different blog.
More: waiting at a carousel and picking up bags. Border control dogs. Guards and uniformed officials, airline employees and airport security. Passport review and handing off bags to be rehandled, re-sorted and (hopefully) re-checked to its
Walking, waiting, more lines…and then:
Paperwork, please. Why were you in
? What did you do? How long were you there? Are you going back? When? Qatar
And finally, finally: STAMP. “Welcome home.”
Humduilallah! My innards swell: my kids. My house. My yard.
pretty trees in my front yard, pic by Kay
So much I love about
: open, smooth six lane highways. Drivers who merge, allow others in, wait on pedestrians. People in a multitude of colors. A green, green garden that grows whether I’m here to water it or not. Running outside in shorts and tank top. A place to park. Dems and Reps and Muslims and Catholics, the haves and the have nots - side by side at the checkout. Walmart. Modern Family. Taco America . Bell
I didn't/don't mind the inconveniences, either. Mostly anyway. Not this year, but last year, coming into America from Greece, the DOG smelled me, and gave the signal. whatever that is/was. Something wasn't all right. I was immediately circled by peopl in uniforms, and had to open EVERYthing. It seemed that everyone in the baggage claim section was watching--glad it was me and not them. They ultimately decided that food that I had brought on the plane, and eaten during the flight, left an unexpected fragrance, ...and I was released. But it was an experience I will always remember. Posted by Cindi's Mom
WOW, how is it that I never heard this story? Inconvenient, unsettling, but still...an extra hour (or so) seems like a small price...
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