On December 28, 1972 I had my first ever airplane ride. I traveled from Pittsburgh, PA to Los Angeles, California. On this special day, I was going to greet our new son who was to arrive from Vietnam. He was less than 2 years old.
Recently I thought about this very big event in the lives of our family.
I wrote a poem about the announcement we made at that time.
After my return home with our new son, I created a little card that announced the arrival of Robert Andrew Lambert into our family and our hearts.
We called him The VIP.
The Arrival of the VIP
We are pleased to announce
the arrival of a VIP. He came
from one side of the world
across the ocean to this new place.
Christmas was late
the VIP was expected
on December 28th.
in time for the New Year
The VIP’s flight ended in LA
where I spotted him in the plane
accompanied by a laughing woman
they were singing songs.
We left the plane together
the VIP, handsome lady and me
safely settled the small babies
onto the soft couch.
The VIP began to tremble
opened his mouth wide
screamed out his despair
and searched for a safe place to hide.
I offered him wrapped gifts from my bag
colorful toys and some soft drinks
but nothing eased his pain & fears
we waited for the next plane to Pittsburgh.
A slim young woman with long, dark
hair – it must have looked so strange
when I carried my heavy bag with one hand
and hoisted the wary VIP to my chest.
Our flight left right on time
I balanced him on my knees
wrapped a blanket around him
murmured quiet songs till he fell asleep.
Two grandparents, one father, three
sisters – all waited to meet the VIP
we arrived in the late afternoon
three days after Christmas.
The little girls giggled – danced in circles
enticed the VIP to join in the fun
brought him splendid candy and gifts
Santa left them under their tree.
We mailed out announcements
each one to a special friend
“Please join us in celebrating
the arrival of our VIP.”
Our new son has arrived from
Vietnam just before the new year,
1973, with lots of love and happy times
we dried his tears and made him laugh.
Welcome to the home in our hearts
A Very Important Person, our VIP
Robert Andrew Lambert, you are
the best Christmas gift ever.
Copyright 2016. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.
Photos: R. Andrew Lambert , by Lynda McKinney Lambert