Harry wouldn’t take Sally there for this very reason. It had nothing to do with not wanting to hear, “how come you never take me to the airport anymore?” He didn’t want to be around the airport at the beginning of a relationship because that’s where the L word happens. Love Actually.
People realize they’re in love in airports. Arrivals and departures bring it out in people. Sometimes you can spot a couple, heavy in an oval embrace, and you’re uncertain if you’re witnessing a joyful reunion or a heartbreaking fracture. Tears are warm, but they don’t always tell the right story.
Toward the ending of Garden State, just before Largeman gets on the escalator, leaving Sam but not ending their relationship, he says to her "it’s not a period; it’s an ellipse." It seems like a good speech. I nod, my hand on my chin. Seems logical. Very chalk and blackboard of him. He’ll figure his crap out then swing ‘round to include her later. All very good…
…yeah, right. There’s a little thing called timing. Clearly ellipses are dumb because a montage later, there’s the obligatory running through the airport a la Jerry McGuire, when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, and that someone isn’t there with you. You tear up the mathematical proof, spit on the theorem, and choose messy. You choose faith. And, getting to faith takes more than people movers, airport taxiway markers, and handheld solar beacons.
Life happens sometimes, and you deal with it when it comes, not by drawing lines, adding ampersands, or imposing periods. You have to hold onto it, with both hands, when you have the moment in front of you to actually seize. “Meant to be” is lazy. You have to jump in, let go, and hope because life leaps. I hear all the old people tell me so. "In the blink of an eye." You have to sieze the opportunity when it’s yours to act on, as if you’re poets, on the desk, at that moment, cheering "O Captain my captain!" Carpe Diem! Riding things out, seeing what happens, relying on destiny… it’s the making of crapass movies like Serenditpy not lives.