Be Careful What You Wish

Day 28 of 31

In September of 2019 husband and I became empty nesters. After all my girls were settled, one in an apartment on her own, and the other two at college, I returned to my job at school. I missed the girls but there were some benefits. I wasn’t worried about getting home in time to take my kids somewhere. We weren’t worried about making dinners for other people and honestly, it felt a little like our former life together prior to having kids when we would just figure out dinner or maybe not eat at all. After so many years of dinner planning I loved not worrying about that part of my day.

I decided that I would visit each daughter during September and October. The first weekend I visited my oldest daughter in her apartment. The second weekend I traveled to Rhode Island and visited my middle daughter. Next I went to Connecticut to spend family weekend with my then freshman daughter. With all three of my daughters I did the usual shopping, hanging out, eating out and connecting.

On the fourth weekend my husband and I traveled to Vermont for a long weekend at the Woodstock Inn. We spent our time hiking, shopping, eating out and relaxing, but by the time I arrived home I was tired of being away 4 weeks in a row. I love traveling but I also love down time and 4 weeks in a row was a little too much. As we unpacked I told my husband that I didn’t want to travel on the weekends for a while. I think I even said that I wish we could just stay home and do nothing. I know, be careful what you wish.

Now I wish that I could go away every weekend again or at least have the option. I am lucky that I am vaccinated but my husband is still waiting. Even if we were both vaccinated, going away is not like it was when we enjoyed those few months of being without kids. Like everyone I know, I just want to go back to normal life. I know (or hope) we will go back to normal soon but right now I would love to travel 4 weeks in a row without worrying about coronavirus. I don’t think I will ever complain about traveling too much again.

6 thoughts on “Be Careful What You Wish

  1. I have three daughters and will get to see them all next weekend for Easter. We will all be vaccinated. I can’t wait. Then I get to travel to see my parents for the first time in a long time. Things are beginning to feel more normal. But I believe the pandemic is going to scar us for a long time.

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  2. I think this last year has taught me so many things, one being “be careful what you wish.” I have made an oath to not complain about being on the go so much again! Here’s wishing you a summer with many weekends away!

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  3. I’m with you! I want to be able to go places again. I’ve had some course work to keep myself busy in the last year, but I do miss going away. Hopefully it won’t be long until we can start making plans.

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  4. I can’t wait to get away, too. On another note, I am a year and a half away from being an empty nester. Thanks for your blog – you made it sound fun. Dinner is such a pain. My husband talks about going out to eat every day once they are both in college.

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  5. I’m sure many people feel the same way you do about a lot of things that just STOPPED when Coronavirus hit. I don’t know what normal will look like once it’s no longer a major concern, but I hope to get back to doing a bit of traveling myself. I hope you get what you wish for…travel, that is.

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