How Mom gets through security at the airport:
Approach security ropes, which wind several times up to metal detector.
See guard positioned at first bend in the security ropes. Wave "hello" to the guard, who does not reply.
Drop handle to wheelie-suitcase and throw arms around son in a bear hug.
Say goodbyes. (Sob!)
Detach from son. Take deep breath. Throw arms around him again. Detatch again, and pick up suitcase handle. Take deep breath.
Walk down path to guard.
Turn around half-way and wave to son.
Walk rest of way to guard, who mentions the maximum number of carry-ons allowed is 2. Present bag count, with purse and gifts: 5.
Drop bags on floor, unzip, and proceed to rearrange/consolidate contents--while crouched in corner of security path. Smile and wave other passengers past.
Take out shoes that would look cuter with present outfit.
Sit down on suitcase; pull on socks and newly-chosen shoes.
Stand up, grab suitcases, and proceed down path. At next turn, pause and start to cry again. Wave.
Continue walking. Clip security stanchion with wheelie-suitcase, and drag rope down path.
Oops! Detach from ropes. Turn around. Wave.
Walk up to X-ray machine. Place items on belt. Turn around. Wave.
Walk through scanner. Turn around, successfully scanned. Wave.
Collect items from X-ray machine. Stand on tippy-toes, to look above group of businessmen. Wave.
Chat with group of businessmen. Point at son, who is still watching. Wave.
Walk around corner. Look through crowd, one last time. Spot son, still standing there watching. Start crying again. Wave.
Finally walk down concourse, slowly, waving. Pass corner, out of sight.
Pop head back around corner, for one last encore look. Of course. Spot son still standing there, waiting for that encore. Smile through the tears. Wave.