My husband and I are embarking on a week long trip. By ourselves. Alone. Without the presence of children. Hold on while I gather myself.
Okay, I’m good.
We’ve gone away together plenty of times during our marriage, but we’ve never been gone for longer than four days. Especially not since we’ve had six children. I know many of you are wondering who in their right mind would be willing to take on the responsibility of caring for six extra children for approximately seven whole days.
It’s purely a matter of divide and conquer. Since I didn’t want to burden my mother with all of her sweet and lovely grandchildren, I decided to farm them out to dependable and loving family members. I printed out medical info, homework packets, baseball schedules and field trip information and packed all of their bags, which was quite a feat.
Part of me is exhilarated because my husband and I get to spend so many days enjoying each other as a couple. We’ve talked endlessly about how we’ll get to stroll along and really listen to one another. We’ll be free to do what we want or we can hang out and do nothing. We’ll get to talk without being interrupted by requests for ice cream. We’ll even get to hold hands and kiss without a chorus of disgusted groans being heard. It’ll be just like it was before we had a tribe of children. The other part of me is worried that something will go wrong while we are away.
I know I’ll miss my children terribly. The other night, while working on my Etan Patz post, I had a bit of hysteria well up inside me, so much so that I crawled into bed with my youngest child. I adore my family and I love them desperately. As much as I joke about counting down the days til we leave on vacation because they are driving me insane, a huge part of me is going to miss them so much.
Here is to hoping for a pleasant, child-free vacation. I can feel the ocean breeze in my hair already.
What is the longest period of time that you have been away from your child (or children)?
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