Welcome to America

Yesterday, I went to meet my niece at O’Hare International Airport. She is visiting with her Spanish husband whom we have yet to meet. They were coming from the Middle East where she’s a nurse.

While watching the people arriving and waiting, it seems there is an exchange of a lot more emotions here. At the domestic airport, you drop and kiss your passenger and when they return hardly anything, a hug and a kiss of welcome perhaps or they just pick up a cab to their destination.

Coming from outside the country, there are a lot of people waiting for someone to come out of the threshold. I feel you are not totally in US soil until you pass that door, when your passport, I-94 and custom forms are stamped clear.

There is so much anticipation from both sides and once they see that familiar face, it breaks into a big smile, eyes lit up, arms open, some break to a run to hug each other and still others a tear or two of sheer joy and happiness.

This is my entry to Daily Post WordPress Challenge: Threshold. To enter and see more photos, go here.

365 Project: Day 93


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9 Responses to Welcome to America

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  2. Amy says:

    Wonderful take on! I like these captures.


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  6. I knew the feeling by heart. A threshold I once walked on and still walk on every time I’m at the International Airport or whenever I think of home. We share a Threshold with millions who both made America their new home or simply visit it’s exciting places. Wonderful post!


  7. bebs1 says:

    Thanks Amy!


  8. bebs1 says:

    That feeling is like no other, if you are a first timer in America, Island Traveler. There is relief and excitement that finally we’ve set foot in the country where our dreams are supposed to become reality. And imagine the thrill of seeing and traveling all around the country, to be able to see in person those postcard perfect pictures you see in the movies. No matter what your purpose of coming, that threshold is very important – you have to go through that first, no other way.


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