For me one of the loneliest places to be is the airport. I know that sounds crazy considering there are thousands of people at an airport at any given moment. But for me, it is a sad and very lonely place.
Because of my job I have traveled almost every week for years. Lane and I had a deal. No matter what time of day or night he would take me to the airport and pick me up. I always knew he would be outside waiting for me. I looked forward to seeing his face light up when he saw me. Even if it were a day trip he would say "I missed you so much. Welcome home."
I knew that first trip after Lane died was going to be strange. I tried to pretend it was no big deal. But it was. It signaled the end of life as I had known it. I drove myself to the airport. At the end of the trip I had to face the truth that Lane would never be waiting for me again. I broke down in the car on the way home.
It has been 5 years and I still get that same sinking feeling every time I'm in the airport. There is no place where I feel more alone. There is nobody waiting for me at the end of a trip. No words of love or encouragement. Even though I get into an empty car and drive to an empty house, to me the airport is the emptiest place on earth.
Where do you feel especially lonely?