I travel a lot for work … about once a month, I leave home and traipse half way around the world. It is simply madness the day before departure because in addition to the usually packing and sorting, there is the home and work to settle. Everything in the office and home has to be spic and span before I go… at least, that is the target. But the reality is that there are still unlaundered socks and at least one child has forgotten something that I hope the husband can “fix”. It won’t be perfect or the way I like it done but the consolation is that, yes, it is taken care of. The husband is my pillar of strength.
This weekend, I’ve piled on to my schedule, far more than I can chew. I am going to spend 3 days as a chaperone at camp for a church youth event; come home all muddy on Sunday evening; unpack my case, repack it with business attire and even formal evening wear. Then on Monday morning, after the kids have been sent off to school with hugs and kisses, it’s of to the airport for a 29 hour transatlantic flight.
It is an incredibly hectic 2 weeks coming up. And my tummy is in knots. Alternating between nerves and excitement, I remedy the situation by making lists.
But, the best parts are all contained within the hustle and bustle — there is 3 whole days of camp with my kids, incredible new discoveries for my work, and even a wedding at the end of the 2 weeks. And again, the husband is my pillar of strength. I must pause to properly kiss him.
The thing I am most looking forward to on the trip is …. the absence of wifi on the plane. There is bliss and quiet. Time to edit a journal article, read a couple of books, and binge watch episodes of Suits. Yay!
The real deal about what it’s like to be a working mom. I often hear the following phrase, “I don’t know how you manage it all.“ The reality is, I don’t even know. Deep down inside, I’m wondering the same thing about them. I have two kids, a wonderful husband, a normal suburban life. I’ve always been achievement oriented and simply love to tackle things that sometimes make other peoples eyes glaze over… in boredom. I’m a researcher and my view on the technical stuff is that nothing is difficult, merely complex.
Flat Stanley at the Changing of the Guards.