“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrival’s gate at Heathrow airport. General opinion is starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. Seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.
When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people onboard were messages of hate or revenge. They were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
– Opening scene, Love Actually movie
Love is, according to Webster’s dictionary, “an intense feeling of deep affection.” In the opening scene of Love Actually, we see this deep affection personified in warm embraces, joyful homecomings, kisses, smiles, and laughs.
I would have to agree with Hugh Grant that the arrival gate at any airport is one of my favorite places to people watch. As a Texan transplant living in Pennsylvania, I have spent a lot of time running into the arms of loved ones at Dallas Love Field or Philadelphia International Airport. And the feeling never gets old. In fact, I have found that my affection for my Texas family and Pennsylvania friends (who have quickly become like family) only grows with each departure and arrival.
Every imperfect person standing on the other side of the arrival gate has chosen to patiently wait for their loved one to appear. No matter their relationship’s past history, what was last said or done, that individual is found waiting, watching, wondering when their loved one will arrive. They