Tuesday, April 6, 2010

You Might Be Redneck.....If You Picnic At The Airport

My kids were traveling home on Easter Sunday and had a layover in St. Louis. Love of my life happened to be off work ........... this rarely happens on a holiday.


Our son gave his Dad this T-shirt for Christmas (alluding to our glamorous lifestyle) and I laid it out for him to wear. He acted like I told him to wear a suit and tie. He said he would look like a redneck if he wore this shirt............
Fried chicken in the airport lobby didn't say redneck? Then the man had shorts and a polo shirt on and was going to wear ankle socks with loafers instead of his sneakers. Yes, I do have to dress him. No easy task, dressing this man. Most all of his shorts have chlorine stains......... on the right side above the hem and below the pocket opening. This is where he wipes his hand after he puts the chlorine in the pool. He always forgets to change before he does this task. The shirts have tractor grease or paint or grass stains.........

Fresh from a week at Disney World. It was hard to get a picture. Zara would not come to me at all, so her Daddy had to hold her. Gavin was wondering why I didn't bring his dog, Jada was posing and Maya was ready to get back on a plane that would take her home. I really wanted a picture of all of us, but Diane was holding their place in line and Adrienne was taking the picture.

Fortunately the airport wasn't too busy. They flew into the smaller terminal and this end didn't have any flights. The kids were able to burn off some energy.

Gavin checked the scales that weigh luggage while the girls tried some cartwheels and somersaults.

No, we didn't look redneck at all. We took over a couple of tables from the Starbucks cafe and had our little picnic in spite of any stares directed our way.
Baby Zara was enchanted with Papa and cried when she told him goodbye. She refused to even kiss me goodbye. Look at that face! I just want to squeeze those cheeks.

Gavin and Maya were happy to see Papa ............. he had food! We only got to spend about an hour with them and the traffic was awful to get there ....... but I wouldn't trade that time for anything. I confess that I did get a little teary as we drove away. They all kissed me goodbye and dutifully got in line to go back through security; but my Jada kept running out to give me one last hug and it was her face that I went to sleep seeing.







16 comments:

Kathy G said...

What a wonderful day you had!

houndstooth said...

They sure are a sweet group! No wonder you didn't want to say good bye!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

what a wonderful memory! great picture of you all. the kids are so cute - that picture of Zara is so cute.

The Good Cook said...

Oh I don't blame you for fighting traffic to spend time with those darlings! What a wonderful memory.

Rae said...

You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful family - even if one of them needs help in the fashion department. I love the sweet looks on your grands. They are all cuties. And such a busy group. Bet they were wound up after being couped up on a plane for several hours.

Brian Miller said...

ha. what a cool day. for the record the chlorine adds character to the shirt...smiles.

Sandi McBride said...

So what's wrong with wearing sock with shorts and sandles? I mean, Mac wants to know...I'm just saying...loved the shots of the kids and if you can't eat chicken at the airport, where on earth can you? Sounds like fun for all to me!
Sandi

jojo said...

great pics...I love the idea of a picnic at the airport, it makes me all mushy to think of it..;p

Nancy said...

What a wonderful way to spend Easter. You have a beautiful family, Kathy. And they have a dearly loved grandmother, I can tell.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Your mention of chicken in the airport brought to me a childhood memory: My parents would take brother and me to the edge of the airport (about dusk as I remember it). We'd sit outside the parked cars, with our icy-cold bottled soft drinks, and watch the airplanes take off and land! Cheap entertainment, huh? But in those simpler times, it was such a treat! C

Mamma has spoken said...

Oh how wonderful your day sounds! I love that you were able to spend some time with your family, even if it was an hour.

Whitney Lee said...

My husband's the same way about not changing before he goes to do something in the yard.

How wonderful that ya'll got to spend at least a little time together! They're fortunate that you went to all that trouble to prepare food, as well, instead of having to eat fast food or something!

otin said...

I hate taking people back to the airport to leave. A picnic at the airport could be tricky, they might think that you were a terrorist or something.

misty said...

Wasn't Drew the one who told me Missouri had hoosier not rednecks....LMBO....Misty

Missy said...

Aww...so sweet. A picnic at the airport sounds fun to me!

Pat said...

Any time at all with your grandchildren is worth it! Glad you were able to squeeze in a quick hour or so to see them at the airport.