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.