Going away is no picnic.
I went to a conference for work last weekend and just planning out the logistics for my husband made even my head spin. Here’s a small sample:
Adam Lacrosse at 6 p.m. at C-ville Turf
Maggie may have lax 6-7:15 at Lansdowne. I asked Sarah if she could drive her and drop her after at Y after. You may have to drop Mag at Sarah’s before you take Adam to lax at the Turf. I will let you know what she says or if this is happening.
Maggie Swimming 7:30
Lilly & Adam swimming 8 p.m.
Jonah can swim at 7.
Lilly may spend night at Waddells so they can take her to Lax in morning.
That was just Friday evening. The rest of the weekend was more of the same.
When the kids were little and I had to go away, the notes I left behind were several pages long and included details like what to feed them at each meal, who needed cough medicine, how to keep them occupied and what time they had to go to bed. Now that the kids are older, the notes are less detailed but the logistics require a bit of bilocation.
Even still, my husband came away from the weekend in fairly good shape, mostly because of the kids, he said. Now that they are older, they are a huge help. Lilly made dinner one night. Jonah could be left alone and be counted on the get himself ready for the next event, and all of them are fairly good company. Being left home alone with the kids isn’t quite the lonely business it was when they were toddlers.
Chris even found time to make it to the grocery store. When I arrived home, we were totally stocked on chips and ice cream.
While my husband was managing the family at home, I spent three days sitting in a windowless conference room learning how to be a better editor in today’s world and improve Chesapeake Family’s reach online. It was interesting, but the lack of running around was totally draining. It’s taken me two full days of driving in circles to get me back in the groove.
Now that my husband has proven himself so proficient at maintaining the household, I feel better about the next trip I have on the horizon — a girl’s weekend to Block Island with friends.
Maybe sometimes going away can be even better than a picnic.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 12, Adam, 12, and Jonah, 8.