Four days, three nights

11 Oct

But who’s counting, right?

Tomorrow at one, I will be boarding a plane to Calgary.  I’m off on a business trip, to take a 3-day course related to my job.  I’m off fill my head with knowledge, to sleep in a hotel without being woken to breastfeed, to eat food that someone else makes, to visit with a dear friend I haven’t seen in years, to maybe even fit in some minor Chinatown shopping or a haircut.

I’m excited about the course (which I’ve heard is fantastic) and I’m excited about the trip.

But, oh, how I will miss my family!

I’ve never been away from Halia overnight before — not even one overnight, and now I’ll suddenly be gone for three.

Until I started back at work, I’d never been away from Halia for more than three or four hours.  At that point I’d start getting antsy and wonder if Michael was getting frustrated or overwhelmed by the chorus of demands that inevitably arises with two kids.  For some reason, I always feel that I should never let him get that frustrated.  For some reason, I feel as though I must rescue him before he reaches his boiling point.  (When I’d get home, everything would be perfectly fine, of course.  Ninety-eight percent of the time, anyway.)

There are so many reasons why, while on this trip, I should not only be soaking in the course material, but also enjoying myself and my kid-free time.  Guilt-free.

I’ll aim for that.  But I don’t think I’ll manage to be entirely worry-free.  That would be asking too much.

So you can bet that I’ll be checking in by phone each evening, and maybe even by Skype.  And after the course ends at 4:30 on Friday, I’ll be heading straight for the airport to catch the next flight home.

And everything will be perfectly fine, of course.  (Ninety-eight percent of the time, anyway.)

5 Responses to “Four days, three nights”

  1. Kara October 12, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    I hope you are able to leave all of your worries at home so you can relax and enjoy yourself!!

  2. Megan October 12, 2010 at 10:25 am #


  3. Tine October 14, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    So you’re finally getting some time to yourself without being sick 🙂 … I’m sure you’ll miss your family a lot, & you’ll be so happy once you’re back home, but – make sure to enjoy yourself inbetween, too 🙂 !!

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. MommyTime October 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    I hope you have a wonderful, rejuvenating trip. I know exactly that place you are in, as I’m on my way to a conference next week for three nights too. Though my kids are just a bit older than yours, it’s still really hard to miss those bedtimes all in a row. Hugs to you.

  5. Marianne Fritzen October 19, 2010 at 2:48 am #

    Liebe Fawny, “erkältet”!Ich habe früher manchmal gedacht: “Mal ein oder zwei Tage ins krankenhaus!Natürlich mit nichts Schlimmem. Schlafen dürfen, nicht Kochen müssen; kein Kindergeschrei;nur “RUHEN”. Erkältet, oder sonst wie krank, und zu Hause, ohne Hilfe, ist eine Tortur. Aber es geht Dir ja wohl inzwischen besser. Genieße Deinen Trip nach Calgary.Papis können auch mal das Alleinsein mit ihren Sprößlingen genießen. In Deutschland werden sie inzwischen schon dafür bezahlt, dass sie zu Hause bleiben und Mama arbeiten geht. Und ich bin sicher, dass das eine wundervolle psychologische Erfahrung ist. For both sides. Umarmung Omi

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