By: Sue Anganes
Yes, I’m leaving. I’m leaving all the kids behind! My husband travels all over the country for his job and this week I’m going with him to Oklahoma City! My second eldest daughter still lives at home and is on spring break from college and volunteered to take over as “mom” while I am away. She has graciously given up her vacation to allow me to have one.
I really haven’t flown anywhere for many years- with the exception of traveling back and forth to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, for my boys’ medical care. Those flights were stressful with luggage and wheelchairs, not to mention dealing with medical side effects from treatments and tests. This time I’m packing the bare necessities and taking off!
Since this is technically a business trip, my husband will still be working twelve hour days while we are in Oklahoma, so I will be off on my own every day. We will be staying in the Bricktown section of the city and almost everything will be in walking distance for me. I’ve already mapped out the museums, botanical gardens, and memorials that I want to see. I’ve also downloaded books onto my iPad so I can spend time reading in coffee shops. I am anticipating the warm weather and excited to exchange my snow boot for sneakers.
The solitude will be something very different for me. Our home is never without someone around, and with my two grandchildren living next door who often keep me company, I am never alone. I am welcoming the time to think and read and move at my own pace. I won’t have to cook or clean or run errands. I am so thankful to have this chance to get away. After thirty years of being a mom, it’s about time!