I absolutely love to travel. Who doesn't? You get to step away from your everyday life and spend some time, no matter how little or long, without the worries of the day to day.
That is exactly how I feel. My Mom was gracious enough to offer me a trip to Florida for 8 days to visit my sisters....alone! How could I pass that up? I made arrangements for the children and called Mom back and said "of course". Granted I did get a bit nervous, this being the first time I leave my two for such an extended period of time. Not that hubby can not handle them. He is an amazing father. But, a weekend trip is one thing, this one is for 8 days! He seemed confident, and I know I raised 2 very independent level headed individuals.
This trip is just what I need. For the past 7 years I have been a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom). Anything and everything I do is for the best interest of the kids. When the children are infants and toddlers, we tend to put our needs and interests on hold for their sake. When you do this day in and day out life begins to feel mundane. One day is no different than the next. But there comes the day when you discern, wow, these children are self-sufficient. Sure, they need Mom every now and then. But for the most part, they can feed, dress, and care for themselves. They are well mannered and behave the way they should in public. You can't help to look at them and smile thinking, "these two are well on their way to becoming respectable individuals". It is a wonderful feeling to recognize you are fulfilling your commitment to society successfully. That is when you realize it is time to start taking better care of "ME".
This trip is a gift to my soul. A celebration of all my accomplishments as a parent, thus far. But it will also be a time to dream about the new and exciting things that are in store for me in the near future.