The Thanksgiving Day weekend marks the start of the holiday travel season, and is generally its busiest period. All those people have a very limited time window to get where they’re going, schmooze with family and friends, gulp down the turkey and decamp home for work on Monday morning. The experience is exhilarating and exhausting.
Airlines are the principal mode of intercity transportation in this country, so they are supporting actors in the saga. They make the experience possible, taking people across time zones and actually back in time to childhood homes or old neighborhoods. Of course, they also set you up for the reality that the passage of time is, well, timeless. And irreversible. You can go home again and slip into the old roles, but you can’t stay there.
Home For The Holidays, starring Holly Hunter, is an entertaining film that explores the experience. Newly fired from her upscale job at a museum and reeling from an affair with the boss, her character makes the trek home to home in Middle America. She encounters the familiar sights as well as the realization that her parents are ageing. Throw in some eccentric relatives and family feuds, and the movie presents a bittersweet commentary on the life cycle. It closes with a charming scene where she remembers her dad, who worked for the airlines, taking her to see the beautiful planes as a child.
Wishing you all a happy, fulfilling and safe Thanksgiving weekend!
And speaking of flying objects, here is a birds-eye view of the balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.