He’s HOME!!!
Wednesday December 16th 2009, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Family

Flipping out: now let’s see if I can get this gadget to work.

John, seen at a distance, coming from around the corner and towards the waiting area in front of the airport gate.  Dad holding camera. Mom holding small Flip video camera but after the initial aiming it at John’s approaching face, ignores Flip pretty much and focuses on her kid; Dad holds camera steady.  The grins get only bigger and bigger, and that last little bit, nobody can stand it anymore and John and Mom, at least, are running towards each other.  (Sorry Dad–not paying attention to you at this point.)

Massive hugfest ensues: John and Mom, then John and Dad with Mom suddenly remembering to capture something on the Flip other than that steady walk and the blur that must have have been there with the running and the arms being thrown around each other after two years apart. So. Steps back a step to get them both in the frame, captures the grins from down below (boy, am I short some days.)

Come evening time, Mom decides that maybe she could share that video, and as for the blurring that must be there, hey, it’s all good, right?

Asks for help from resident geek.  Dad plugs Flip into computer.   Silly Flip takes forevvvvvvvvverrrrrrrr… And then says it only has one video in it.

Which is of Mom typing away on laptop in hospital in August, suddenly looking up, seeing Flip in face, and if looks could kill… Oh my. I’m still laughing. No you can’t see it.

Turns out, when that one got loaded onto computer, said computer backed itself up–its whole memory, or as much of it as it could–onto that Flip. We have not a clue why.

Memory full. Today didn’t record.

Like (expletive deleted, she typed primly) it didn’t. Maybe not on a bunch of electrons, but… !!!

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At least the video recorder in your brain hasn’t gone kaplooey — not if you can write about it so beautifully! I love my Flip Mino too.

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 12.16.09 @ 11:42 pm

With so much love and excitement, you will vividly remember the moments at the airport and treasure them in spite of no video.

Comment by Joansie 12.17.09 @ 5:59 am

Welcome home, John!

I’m certain this will become another “remember the time Mom…” 🙂

Comment by Barbara-Kay 12.17.09 @ 6:12 am

Welcome home!

I think between the three of you, you’ll be able to remember this for a long time. Besides, would the video do justice to the love and happiness felt in the moment?

And if words can’t do justice to the actual events, I’ll still take them, as you do write so beautifully.

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 12.17.09 @ 6:37 am

There are memories I have have that are much more vivid than pictures or videos. There is this one, holding my twin infants…..

Comment by afton 12.17.09 @ 7:08 am

So glad he is home, safely, in your arms.

Comment by sherry in idaho 12.17.09 @ 7:11 am

Who needs videos when you have that memory so clearly etched in your brain?

Comment by Leslie 12.17.09 @ 8:35 am

What fun!! But best of all, the reunion happened, the hugs were exchanged, and he’s HOME.

Comment by Channon 12.17.09 @ 9:49 am

It’s not so much that you’re short — they’re so tall!
Oh, welcome home, John!

Humor –

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” 
-Ben Williams 
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” 
-Josh Billings 
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” 
-Andy Rooney 
“We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare, and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’ s the best deal man has ever made.” 
-M. Acklam  

Comment by Don Meyer 12.17.09 @ 10:27 am

How wonderful for you all!!! Let the Merry Christmas time ensue!

Comment by TripletMom 12.17.09 @ 11:10 am

Hurray! What joy! And, as one who too-often forgets to take pictures, the memories are always there.

Comment by DebbieR 12.17.09 @ 1:40 pm

So glad!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 12.17.09 @ 2:23 pm

Family is good.

Comment by StellaMM 12.17.09 @ 2:44 pm

and you have the real thing (not memorex….)

Comment by Holly 12.17.09 @ 4:32 pm

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