"...the airport was awash with lachrymose mothers bidding farewell to their adventurous jetset offspring..."
Lachrymose means tearful, or sad. It comes from the Latin lacrima meaning 'tear' . A lachrymal vase, I discovered in the course of researching this word, is a phial holding the tears of mourners at a funeral. What a good idea - it would save on tissues.
There are only three words in the English language with the letter combination 'uu', MUUMUU, VACUUM and CONTINUUM