Surely you remember my grandiose bragging from a mere day or two ago regarding our unusually spectacular weather?  In the interest of full disclosure, it's only fair that I let you know that it's rained almost every day since.  The running around in a tank top is a thing of the past.  This morning when I went out to attempt a run, I almost immediately chickened out when I discovered that it was raining sideways.  It was that directly-into-your-eyes sort of rain. 

Fortunately for me, in a few days, I'll be heading off to the land of perpetual Sun and Dancing.  Nope, not the Northwest Territories (I think there's a fair bit of dancing that goes on up there, correct me if I'm wrong?).  I'm going to spend some time in Maui with my beloved sisters.  There will be not a husband in sight and there will be no children.  In so many ways, the very idea of it delights my heart.  But there is also the part of me that is dreading it just a little.  I've never left my kids for any real length of time and though I don't doubt that it'll be healthy for both they and I, I can't help but default to thinking that I'm the only person in the Universe who is able to take proper care of them.  Ridiculous?  Most certainly.  Reasonable?  Not even remotely.  My high-strung, but heartfelt reality?  I'm afraid so.

I remind myself that it doesn't spell out disaster if the planners aren't signed every single day.  Surely the world will not stop spinning on its axis if the gym strip isn't washed one weekend.  My friend, also a mother of four AND daycare provider extraordinaire is, if anything, more capable than I of ushering the Littles to and from school each day.  My husband knows perfectly well how to drive to and from the swimming pool.  Surely it's a form of high narcissism to think that only I can do it all competently.   Who do I think I am, anyway?


11/15/2010 12:56pm

Ah! Maui!! I'm so excited for you. And jealous! But mostly so excited! There's nothing quite like lying on the beach in that tropical heat.

And by the way, I think you are feeling everything just exactly as you should. Noone CAN do it quite like you - though it will get done. There's just something about mommy doing it that makes everything a little bit rosier...

11/15/2010 4:55pm

You will have just a wonderful time. It is good for moms and kids to realize the value of each contribution to the family life I wish you a guilt-free trip :)

11/16/2010 8:28am

Jenn - I'm so excited for you! Have a blast and have a mai-tai (or whatever they're called) for me! And you're TOTALLY one can care for them QUITE like you! We tried our bestest..but trust me - there were the odd tears from your chicklits as they thought about you and your lovely hubby. NO ONE replaces or does it quite like you! But think of the bright side....they will be SOOO excited to see you upon your rtn - almost like Christmas! :) Much love and happy travels! Bon Voyage!



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