She was completely and all-encompassingly focused. You could try talking to her, but you wouldn't get far.
She stood amidst a swarm of strangers not seeing them or caring about them. It was busy and loud as families, spouses and friends were reunited. She couldn't hear them. She stood staring at the exit of the escalator waiting to see a familiar face. She was quiet. She was focused. She was waiting.
She's been waiting over a year for this moment. This moment that will forever be etched in her heart and mind.
She has a three week old precious baby girl. She has been a single parent for over a week as her husband has been gone on this journey. She is tired and emotional but eager.
Her brother whistles and motions that he can spot them coming up the escalator.
The video cameras start rolling...the cameras are turned on and ready to go.
Her heart is ready.
She first spots her husband's brilliantly smiling face. He has never smiled so brightly before...not even on their wedding day. It is a proud smile. A tender smile. A fatherly smile.
Next she spots a little dark head that he is carrying in his front pack. As he nears the top you can see two little dangling arms, two dangling legs.
She runs forward and clings to her husband and her new baby boy. They fumble with the many straps, struggle to lift him out and then finally, finally FINALLY she is at last holding him in her arms...and in her heart. She is sobbing and shaking as she holds him, the enormity of the moment overwhelming her.
She kisses her husband and turns to face her waiting family.
She walks over, shows him to us and says, "this is our son!"
He is introduced to his little sister. Their family has doubled in less than a month.
Welcome home Isaiah Melkiso. Welcome home and welcome into our hearts. You are muchly loved.
Love your Auntie,