Oh, Houston. For anyone that has ever met me, they know that TX is my Kryptonite. Houston is probably my least favorite place I’ve ever been. Maybe this is simply because I grew up there. A lot of people don’t like the place they grew up. But this was a year to suck it up and head to my parent’s house for the holiday. After all, I couldn’t be the only child not there! Each one of them visited me last year, so this was certainly my turn.
As soon as I land, at the George Bush airport, I am waiting outside baggage claim to be picked up and the whole scene was surreal. Like an assembly line, and the passengers were the next item to go into the car. This assembly line was weird…. like a BMW and Lexus assembly line with a Hummer thrown in.
Sigh. Beemer, Lexus,Beemer, Beemer, Hummer, Beemer, Mercedes, Lexus… one after the other. Honestly, I was surprised to see so many sedans. Usually my memory of Houston is a million SUVs… on the flattest terrain you’ll ever see. I guess Halliburton is doing well.
Anyway, it was a nice trip over all and I got to spend time with each of my siblings. One highlight of the trip was that I photographed the family of my very first friend. We met the first day of Kindergarten, and now she has two boys. Oh, how life takes us on weird journeys. It was an honor to photograph them and I am happy that the scheduling worked out.
I also got to sneak off to Austin for half a day to see my great friend, Alicia, who was unable to make it to Houston for the holiday. We took her cutie boys to a little park down the street and it was super fun to see these growing boys. After that, I went and picked up my little sister, Grace, who needed a ride from Austin.
Another highlight was being able to stop in and see my second oldest friend’s new bakery and buy a few treats!
It was a little surreal driving my little brother’s car past an exit on 290 that I have a very vivid memory of driving him to when he was 2 years old. Ah, life. And how old I feel sometimes.
So, hugs all around and an updated family photo. A successful trip.