Thursday, May 10, 2012

I was crying on the phone to my mom when he finally came through the doors

I think I suggested once that maybe there should be a stretcher waiting to catch my collapsing body at the airport. I was right. Since there was no stretcher in sight, it was up to Isla and Esther to support me. They did a brilliant job. I'll tell you more about it later, I think. Until then, let the pictures speak.

 The "daddy's coming" dance was rousing.


 Followed by a ritualistic moment of reverent focus.


 We're getting closer.

 Do I look like a East Coast Volvo driver, or what? His plane is landing right now. We're late.

 Hurry, we're late, we're late.
 How do you get to arrivals?

 Hurry up and wait.

 And wait,


 And wait while contemplating crashing the gate.


Still waiting....


 One hour an a half later, still no Daddy. Never have I seen such committed, patient children. I couldn't even get Esther to leave her post to go to the bathroom.
 Two hours later, he finally comes through that door. At that point I was a mess of tears and fears and on the phone with my mother. "Why won't he come? Why won't they let him out."
Needless to say, when he finally came through that gate, I couldn't even lift my arms to take a picture of him and the girls embracing. All I could do was push my fat, soggy, blubbering head into his chest and cry into his sweater. 


Then I followed them out, like the kicked- puppy Paparazzi, camera in hand.





 We're staying at my friend Jane's Bohemian apartment in East Boston. Isla threw up all night. (Don't worry Jane, she never missed the toilet once.) This is Ian and Essie going out to breakfast at 7 a.m.


Isla's still asleep. I'm looking out the window, through the rain, onto a sea of rooftops, and chimney pots,  listening to sirens scream and my stomach growl.

46 comments:

Lara said...

Thank goodness! This brought tears to my eyes. So glad you're all back together again.

Anonymous said...

i'm so happy for you to be back together again as a whole family! sending you hugs & happiness from FL.

Michelle M said...

Crying all over my keyboard ... I am so happy for you all.

(PS - Hope Isla is better today ... do you think it was just the excitement/stress of Daddy returning home?)

Stephanie said...

I was hoping you'd post this morning! So glad he's in the States and you're all one happy family again! Now to just get home... :-)

i.ikeda said...

Awww, finally you're all together again. I love how the pictures are blurry and shaky like you're all running and clicking at the same time. I'm sure that's what you were doing. :)

AdrianneP said...

I'm so glad he's home! I refused to get excited for you until he was actually "in hand" ... too worried about something, anything else, going wrong! I refused to even vocalize it, in any way.

I hope Isla is better.

Adrianne

Kathleen Trail said...

Yup - bawling at work.... So, so, so happy for you all!

Marcy said...

So touching! I'm so glad you finally have your whole family back together in one place.

Nigel said...

Hurray!

Johanna said...

Betsy, this is the part of that Van Morrison song "Crazy Love" that played in my head when I just read your post ;-)

And when I'm returning from so far away
She give me some sweet lovin', brighten up my day
Yes it makes me righteous, yes it makes me whole
Yes it makes me mellow down into my soul
Songwriters: TOKARSKY, MATTHEW JOHN / CAMPBELL, BRYAN PATRICK

Kate D said...

Oh I am so glad - I thought about you guys a lot yesterday, hoping everything went smoothly and you were all together again. Happy Day! He must be so glad to be home again. I hope Isla feels better today and that it was just the excitement. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful moments with us. Keep writing.

Rachael said...

I am tearing up!! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Tears of happiness for you Betsy! You did it. You're stronger than you think. I hope you have an amazing weekend with your co-pilot.

Angela said...

Betsy, hooray!!! Tears and rain and waiting and throwing up and sirens (sirens?) sound par for the course, a bit of drama is very appropriate after such a loooooooong wait! :)

Kingsmom said...

I am bawling....so happy for you guys.

MonicaJo'smom said...

So happy for you!!

Anne said...

So happy for you guys! You did it! I have been thinking about you so much since yesterday, hoping and praying that everything would be alright...and it is!

Anonymous said...

So, so happy for all of you!!

Laree said...

This brought tears to my eyes. I've never been apart for as long as you two, but I have had shorter stints of single parenthood. It stinks! And I know that relief to finally see my hubby come through that door. I'm so happy for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Brought tears to my eyes, soooo happy for you! Thank you for keeping us updated with all the excitement!

Candy said...

Congratulations! I am SO happy for all of you!

parenthoodaworkinprogress said...

Betsyyyyyyyy!!!!
Sooooo happyyyyy for you and the girls!!!
I've been checking daily for updates!!!!!
Sooooooo relieved for youuuuuuu!!!!!!

Liz said...

So happy for you and your family!

Robin said...

Oh, I'm so relieved that you're all together! I, too, have been thinking of you often these last few days, and I hope Isla is on the mend.

Anonymous said...

Finally he's home! The pictures were perfect! I hope that you all get to enjoy Boston together. The girls sure looked happy to see their Daddy... It sounds like you were too!

Can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

KiminAZ

Was Living Down Under said...

Yay!

All that waiting made me cry!

Lovely pics. Hope Isla feels ok...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Not much else to say but YAY! :)

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

congratulations! I'm glad you're all back together. Hope the little one feels better.

Sue Kol said...

cried over this post in the morning and now again. had to read it again.
so happy for your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so so happy for you!
Antje

Ayisha said...

Betsy, I was holding my breath as I read this post. I feel like I have been waiting with all of your followers for this moment for forever, so I can't even imagine what you have been feeling throughout this entire ordeal. I am so happy for you and the girls that Ian is finally home. Smiling from ear to ear :-)

Betsy said...

I'm planning to tell the whole, ugly saga in tomorrow's post for the BabyCenter blog. Going to bed now, in my own house, with my somewhat shell shocked husband in it. He of course is noticing all the things wrong with the house and all the things our tenants trashed. He did build the house, so it hits him a bit harder. I'll link to the babycenter post here to morrow.......
Thanks all. zzzzzzzzzzzz

Irishmama7 said...

And now I'm a blubbering mess too. I hope Isla feels better soon. I am so happy for you Betsy. And so happy for the girls . And so happy for Ian. I am so happy your family is TOGETHER! Safe travels and enjoy the passenger seat for awhile.

Sheri said...

Ohhhhhhhh BETSY! This is amazing, I'm so happy for you and the girls that your hubby is home!!!! Great pics, lovely words. Made me smiley and teary all at the same time. xo

mooserbeans said...

Tears of happiness for you all.

Steph said...

Yaaaaaay!!!!

Tina G said...

I'm all verklemmt!
So happy your family is reunited :^)

Anonymous said...

Yay yay YAY! The day has finally come! I love that you snapped all those pictures to share with us. I've been checking for the last few days. :) -mizzee

MT said...

Hurray! Finally together and complete and home.

C. said...

Eeeeeh Haaaa (sp?) so happy for you all, so happy! Fina-fricking-lly! Eloquent words no, but best I could say after this post!

Sue said...

I'm so happy--for you, for your girls, for your husband, for your family. This makes my day.

Betsy said...

Johanna: I just noticed your post and have to say how perfectly apt this song is. Crazy love indeed. With an emphasis on the crazy when it comes to the sheer panic I felt in the airport...
Love that song.

txwinter said...

He's home! Hurrah! So happy to know that you are altogether again. Sigh..... ....... ......!

Janell Tawater said...

Finally and thank goodness. So happy for you all! You brought tears to my eyes as well.

Zan said...

Ah finally I can drink this glass of wine with nary a worry! Welcome back Ian and good job Betsy! Really.

Cheryl said...

Hooray!! Your family is together again!! So wonderful!

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