Looming in front of me lies a business trip that I must attend. Now, you should know that I am not complaining. I don’t have to travel very often so when I have to go I have to go. However, in the spirit of total honestly I have to tell you – I hate it. I hate the thought of leaving my kids and getting on a plane without my family. I hate the thought of sleeping in a hotel room and I dread (seriously dread) the thought of dealing with airports, security and the insanely long haul to the airport.
The fact that I am way too controlling doesn’t help matters. I mean seriously, the hubby can certainly handle the kids just fine. I won’t even fathom the thought they might have fun and welcome the absence of my way-too-structured routine! My hubby does not do things the way I do them. That does not make his way wrong. It’s just his way and that should be okay – if I weren’t such a control freak!
So, I will no doubt annoy him profusely by laying out piles of clothes meant to ease the morning school rush hour. I will without a doubt pre-plan and pre-pack snack bags for school all nice and neat in their little brown bags. I will likely create a special calendar to post on the refrigerator so my hubby knows unequivocally where he needs to be each and every single day. Is all this necessary? No, but I will do it anyhow simply because it makes me feel better.
When booking my trip I selected the worst (latest) flight imaginable. I would rather spend 2 hours with my kids and forgo sleep even if it means arriving at my destination at 1:00 AM which will be exactly my situation. This might not be the smartest of ideas given meetings start promptly at 8:30 AM the next day. This is what they invented coffee for! I’ll survive. Oh, and I’m taking the first plane out 3 days later leaving my meeting earlier than I ought to be (only by one hour) because I want an opportunity to kiss my kids before they go to sleep on day 3. I figure my colleagues will survive.
Do you travel for work? How do you deal with it? Would love to hear from you!