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Grapevine : January 2012
I walked into the baggage area of the airport, checked the flight I had been wait- ing for, and as I had done a thousand times, I sat and waited. There are no guarantees these days that flights will be on time or the person I need to pick up will be on the plane; a person in my position learns to have patience. I took the opportu- nity to observe the mass of people that flowed past me on their way to some- where. Some faces expressed the confu- sion and frustration of trying to find their luggage, look- ing up at the signs overhead that might offer a clue where to go from here. Other people were looking through the crowd, searching for the familiar face, a loved one’s arrival. From where I sat, I noticed a young man sitting a few seats down from me wearing a pair of well-worn tennis shoes, basketball shorts and a T-shirt that looked to have seen better days. With his duffle bag under his chair, his body hunched over the book he was reading, he seemed oblivious to the activ- ity around him. To me, he looked like a typical student, studying something I know that book! like i was up there patting myself on the back and being too proud. She put her finger to my chest and stern- ly said, “This is not about you. This is for the newcomer to see that it can be done.” i went up and did it in spite of my fear. i have learned to be a good mom to my three grown children. i have learned to be a loving grandma to my dear grandchildren. i am very blessed that my children still want me in their lives, even though i was a terrible mom. i have learned to be a good friend. i have learned to be a purposeful woman in my com- The book caught my attention: a familiar blue cover ... 44 January 2012 GRAPE_40-46.indd 44 11/22/11 3:59 PM