Celebrating Reunions Do you ever really pay attention to when the news stations report on a returning soldier or returning soldiers and the reunion …
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Do you ever really pay attention to when the news stations
report on a returning soldier or returning soldiers and the reunion
moments with spouses and children? I do, and it gets me choked up
each and every time.
The tears, the joy, the children hugging their moms and dads,
come on, how can you not have your heart melt at such sights?
And by the way, whether you support the war or not, our soldiers
rock and my belief is that they deserve all of the love and support
we can give them upon their return, whether we are family or not.
They are not driving policy, they are fighting for our freedom and
safety and I for one appreciate them.
So the point of this column is the reunion, the reunion of
people who have been separated for minutes, hours, days, weeks,
months, or years. The reunion of people who have been separated by
oceans and other borders.
I share this sentiment because as always I typically write about
something I am observing or experiencing this week.
So while at the airport this week, I had the opportunity to
watch as families, friends, and loved ones took the time to park
the car and come inside the airport with signs and flowers to greet
their returning traveler with emotion and physical signs of love
Then, as I waited for my own ride home at curb, I watched as
husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, and friends picked up my fellow
traveler. There were warm embraces, long embraces, and even
prolonged kisses. People were eagerly and anxiously awaiting the
reunion and it was wonderfully obvious for both parties as they
juggled hugs, kisses, kids, luggage, and in some cases even
Then there were the colder reunions, the quick hug or sideways
kiss, you know what I mean right? Like it was standard or routine,
and just expected that someone would be there. They get in there
car and right back into the status quo norm of life.
So let me share a little of my reality. I have two small dogs,
and whether I am out of the house for 30 seconds to take the trash
out or I am gone for a week of business travel, when I re-enter the
house they are uncontrollably excited. It takes anywhere from a
minute to five minutes to calm their excitement about our
So whether your children, your spouse, your friend, your
neighbor, or any long lost comrade or workmate shows up at a bar, a
restaurant, your home or church, treat the reunion as the most
special moment in your day. The feeling you will receive, and the
lives you will touch will make your day, their day, and the day of
anyone jealously watching from the curb.
Thanks again for the emails, I really do try and answer each and
every one. I would love to hear all about your thoughts on reunions
and your long awaited next reunion at email@example.com.
Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former
President of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and Founder of
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