It reminds me a little of Suzanne's departure for the Peace Corps. Though she was embarking on a three-and-a-half-year sojourn in West Africa, her first stop was Philadelphia, where she'd have a brief orientation before shipping off to Benin.
Claire and I were the only ones in town that day so we escorted Suzanne to Union Station, tried very hard not to cry (and mostly succeeded) and waved as our precious daughter and sister made her way through the low-key boarding gate.
Only later did Suzanne tell us that a fellow passenger had come up to her and said that the size of her suitcase and the reaction of her family made him think she wasn't just going for a quick jaunt to Philly.
I look at the travelers around me now and wonder at their final destinations. Are they, too, at the beginning of a grand journey? Where will they be this time Saturday?
I'll be past Qatar, on my way to Jakarta and points East. Still can't believe it's happening. A good way for adventures to begin.
(New York City sunrise, October 25, 2016)