Good morning Neverland.
I’m distracted. I should be focused on working… as there is lots going on at work these days. But what am I doing? I’m sitting at my desk thinking about my vacation instead. In just 2 short weeks, I’ll be boarding a plane and heading to a tropical beach. It just can’t come soon enough. I know the next 2 weeks will fly by and it will be here before I know it, heck, knowing me, it will be here and I’ll scramble to get everything packed and handled right before I go. I’ve not been this distracted before a trip before. Not sure why this one is so different, but it is. I can’t seem to keep my head in the game at work. Perhaps that also can be chalked up to the layoffs we’ve gone through recently. Everything at work has been stressful and full of change and ambiguity. I’d rather spend the day in bed.
There is so much I’m looking forward to. I’m looking forward to the disconnect. That’s the joy of traveling somewhere… wi-fi and technology can be easily rendered useless depending on where you go. And that’s what I sought when I planned out this trip months ago.
No hotel chains for me. I’ve rented a small cabin. With a kitchen and a BBQ so that I can go and pick out some fresh seafood and fruits and veggies and cook. No little ones to answer to or wake me up too early. No roommates. No exes. No work.
The ex is furious that I’m going on this trip. And part of me can understand and part of me says F that! Screw you! 🙂
He’s upset because we never traveled. We couldn’t afford it. For 3/4 of our marriage, we were pretty poor. We didn’t have a honeymoon. We didn’t take vacations. I think the most time we ever spent “away from it all” would be a long weekend at a local spot. And that was ok. Since ending our marriage, I’ve taken quite a few trips. 6 to be exact, in varying lengths and distances from home. I love to travel. I get it from my grandparents. They took me to England when I was 10 for a LONG trip. They traveled once, sometimes twice a year. They’d do cruises and different trips. Australia, Japan, Europe… They’d come home and show me pictures and tell me stories of the things they experienced and the people they’d met. I knew when I was young, that I would embrace travel. I just never had the funds to do it.
He’s also upset because the week I’m gone, the responsibility of our children falls on him. Last year, when I went to Hawaii, I had to pay him to watch our kids. I knew it was ridiculous, that by all rights, I shouldn’t have to pay the children’s father to watch them… but I wanted to go, and that was my only option at the time, so I bit the bullet and forked over the cash. I refused to do that this time, and I think he’s a little upset. Oh well man! Suck it up! 🙂
Travelling has opened my eyes. I’ve seen and done a few things that I never thought I’d get to do. I’ve met people who will always have a place in my heart, because of what they’ve shared with me. And although I’m not necessarily a fan of sitting for long hours on a plane… I can’t wait to do it again soon, because it means I’ll have a new slough of experiences and people to add to the memory banks.
Hope you all are having a great week.
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enjoy. every single blessed moment. And know that you are teaching your kids and your ex a valuable lesson. You make time and money for the important things in life. You cherish those moments and return a happier mom. and that is the best gift to give your kids.