Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

He’s home from Boston for Christmas December 18, 2015

MSP Airport, 16 Delta 2


WAITING IN THE CELL PHONE LOT at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport late Thursday morning, I watched plane after plane after plane land and take-off.


MSP Airport, 22 low flying airliner


Mostly, though, I focused my eyes on planes flying in from the east. A United Airlines flight would bring my 21-year-old son home from Boston, via Washington D.C.


MSP Airport, 15 Southwest



He always takes connecting flights to save money. And he usually flies Southwest. But this time, for whatever reason (probably cost), he chose United.


MSP Airport, 14 Delta 1


More than five months have passed since I’ve seen my son, a senior at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Too long. Too many miles between us. I am grateful, though, for text messages, phone calls, emails and Skype.


MSP Airport, 17 Sun Country


On this bone-chilling December morning, I waited, with my husband scratching numbers into his Sudoku book, me photographing planes arriving and leaving MSP. I wondered a few times if security was watching me, questioning why the woman inside the white van was photographing planes.


MSP Airport, 12 United Express


Finally, I spotted a United Express flight that matched the son’s text message description from DC: “I’m on a tiny plane to Minneapolis. I had to walk out into the tarmac in order to board.”


MSP Airport, 29 almost to terminal 1


Soon my cell phone buzzed with the news that he had landed. And then we waited another 32 minutes for his message to drive to Terminal 1 for pick-up at Door 5.


Driving home from MSP Airport, 36


He is home now as I write this at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. He’s fed. Dirty clothes are in the wash. I am a happy mama.

© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


29 Responses to “He’s home from Boston for Christmas”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    Tears of joy here for you!!!!! ‘Nuff said.

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    It’s all about family. Glad a part of yours is back home safe and sound.

  3. Glad to hear your son made it home safely to be with the family for the holidays 🙂 Great Captures – Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

  4. Sounds like you’re a happy Momma! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  5. Jackie Says:

    I dont know who’s more excited…. you or me, Ha ha. I guess just knowing how happy your mamma heart is make me so happy for you!!! Glad you have Caleb home, safe and sound. P.S. How is that he is already a Senior, crazy how time flies. Enjoy this sweet time with your boy.

  6. Sue Ready Says:

    Enjoy your time together with friends and family this holiday season.

  7. Don Says:

    An airplane is truly a time machine. It allows families to come together in the shortest period of time yet spend the most time together.

    Holiday time equals family time, enjoy every minute of it!

  8. Oh, that is the best part about the holidays, isn’t it? Those kids who come home to us. Enjoy every moment.

  9. Littlesundog Says:

    I’m smiling BIG for you… so happy your son is home. Have a wonderful Christmas Audrey. 🙂

  10. hotlyspiced Says:

    How lovely to have him home after so long! What a fabulous Christmas you will have. Your children are so spread out across the States; it must be such a thrill when they begin to head home. Enjoy every minute he’s with you xx

  11. Horray! (And I’m betting you didn’t look too scary to security!)

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