A PERFECT PLACE FOR WRITERS
Have you ever considered spending a day at your local airport. I mean really spend the day.
I work at an airport help desk. It's a small airport by some standards, granted, but an airport nevertheless. Basically they are all the same.
Full of wonderful stories.
You'd need to pick your best spots, but what a wealth of human interest stories you'll find there, ready to fill your thick writing pad, fed by your fertile imagination and taken down by a bundle of well sharpened pencils.
Take Departures for instance.
I get to watch the lovers holding each other tearfully in each others' arms as they say goodbye. They kiss. They hug. They cling. One flies out, leaving the other behind, desolate. My tears, surreptitious, of course, join theirs.
But wait. Is the one left behind crying nothing but crocodile tears? What if they had someone else waiting in the wings? How would that story pan out.
I get to watch families bidding a fond farewell to a family member as they travel overseas. Maybe the traveller is a student, leaving home for the first time. What would they be studying; where would they be studying; is it likely to be dangerous?
Some passengers will stand and talk to me. I can tell they're nervous flyers. Some are simply lonely with no one to see them off. Why? What happened in their life?
After a traumatic morning in Departures, you can have a little light lunch. But hey, you don't stop working. Travellers have to eat as well. Pick a busy spot to sit and keep scribbling.
The Arrivals hall will give you another wealth of ideas. This is where you'll see the faces full of joy and happiness, the husbands/lovers with bunches of flowers, usually red roses, greeting incoming wives or loves, hopefully not the same woman. Now there's an idea! LOL
Maybe fans are greeting someone famous. I've seen my share.
The hugs and kisses are different here. They are lighter. More exuberant. More welcoming. What do they have planned tonight?
At an airport you can people-watch; body language, facial expressions. As one TV programme used to say, I think it was The Naked City, "all human life is there".
If you want to see life, spend the day at your local airport.
It's perfect for writers.
But you don't need me to tell you that.
Visit Jean at her website -- it's truly a lovely site.
Be My Guide
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