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by Greg on June 28, 2010

I’m sure most of you tuned out my barrage of tweets as I was bumped from one flight to the next in my quest to get to and from the EVO Conference.

The conference itself was absolutely amazing. The setting was beautiful and the people I met had such an impact on me both personally and professionally.

For those who think it was just another conference, it wasn’t. The organization was top-notch, the catering rocked, the panels were powerful, the keynotes were inspiring, and the bonding was evident throughout. From the first day of arrival to a totally kickin’ closing party, it was a whirlwind of knowledge, laughs, and great times.

As much as I enjoyed the conference, I missed my family terribly. After being bumped from my flight heading to EVO last week, I was hoping my return home would go more smoothly.

Hah! Silly me. This is Chicago we’re talking about! This city hates me and clearly doesn’t want me around. For the second straight time, I was rebooked on an early morning flight one day later than planned.

The shuttle van took me on the 30-minute trek from the conference to the airport and just left me on the curb. I had no flight, no reason to be there, but I had nowhere else to go. Once again, I went from airport curb to hotel shuttle for another night away from my family.

I headed to the airport at 6am this morning in anticipation of being home by 7pm…plenty of time to enjoy some family time and tuck my kids into bed. But, after yet another airline snafu, my rebooked flight was delayed an additional 3 hours. I now wouldn’t be home until 10pm. Long after my kids went a whole ‘nother day without me around.

I was bummed. Sad. And on the verge of throwing in my “eternal optimist” towel.

As I headed down the escalator to baggage claim I heard a little girl shout, “Daddy!” as she ran to greet the father she’d missed. All I could think is that I so wanted that to be me. I wanted my son and little girl to jump into MY arms.

And they did.

It took me a second to realize that the little girl screaming “Daddy!” was mine. I looked up and saw my 8-year old son and 2-year old daughter sprinting towards me. They leaped into my arms and it’s a moment I’ll never forget.

Heather had surprised me by making the 90-minute drive to the airport. “We couldn’t go any longer without seeing you.”

That, my friends, is love.

And this is what turned baggage claim into one of life’s precious memories…one that I’ll forever carry with me.

I met my wife in an airport many years ago and we never looked back. It’s only fitting that I fell in love with her all over again in much the same place.


Kelly W June 29, 2010 at 12:10 am

That is so sweet. Your little girl reminds me of my little 2yr old. Curls and everything

Mr. Blonde June 29, 2010 at 2:10 am

This warms my heart, Greg. I experienced almost the very same thing a little over a year ago at the end of a business trip. Thanks for sharing!

brianne June 29, 2010 at 2:17 am

Aww what a wonderful surprise!

Nolie June 29, 2010 at 4:10 am

Thanks a lot. I got tears in my eyes and haven't even finished my first coffee. That is awesome that they met you at the airport. Totally makes you forget all the hassle you went through to get back home. At least momentarily.

Alison June 29, 2010 at 4:12 am

You made me cry. LOL. That is so sweet!!

Maria @ Mom et al June 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Parden me, I must have something in my eye. So sweet!!!

karen June 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Wonderful story!

RobMonroe June 30, 2010 at 3:46 am

SO awesome to get such a reception. Just perfect.

Jennifer Thomas June 30, 2010 at 4:59 am

This is beautiful! What a wonderful wife you have & your children are beautiful. So glad you never lost your "eternal optimist." I vow to do the same everyday & this helps! You're a great writer & a funny man with a big heart. So glad we met at EVO!

one cluttered brain June 30, 2010 at 6:39 am


So sweet.

Love the picture of you and her.

Thanks for sharing. You are a loved guy that's for sure!

Jenny June 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm

That is such a sweet story. And your kids are amazingly cute. I feel like you just punched me in the ovaries. Now I'm crying.

Brandy June 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

AWWW That made me cry! You guys are awesome and are truly role models for what young people should look for in a relationship!! A million Kudos to Heather for surprising you!!

Jess July 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

So glad you finally got home! Your kids are freakin' adorable. You've got to come visit us at the 'Scandinavian Child headquarters' soon. 🙂

Jammie July 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

aww. That is so sweet. Your daughter is too cute.

BenSpark July 2, 2010 at 4:02 am

You just made me cry. Seriously. How wonderful for the family to come meet you.

Evenstarwen July 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Is it okay to cry? I'm 24 years old but I suddenly want to be tiny again so that I can jump into arms that'll protect me. Your family is so beautiful.

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