10 July 2013

Three Things I Know to be True


I'm keeping it simple right now.
In this whirlwind getting ready to travel
I'm down to basics- what
do I know? It's this: the pull
of family tugs harder as I get older.
The desire to be together with them
is a physical yearning. And,
I'm in awe of John who
easily organizes the most complex
of itineraries and writes the lists
that get all the last minute things
done. These three things
I know to be true.

Seems like it should be more.
I miss writing
more and reading blogs
that have become important to me.
But here I am, preparing to travel
six time zones to be with my family
and it's all I can manage.

I leave today for a month in the states and have been struck at how much time, effort, planning and energy expenditure happens before ever leaving. I hope to post photos of the high points of our stay, maybe even get the grands involved in documenting our time together. I'm eager...

23 comments:

  1. Oh, I do know indeed how much it takes to prepare to travel...and indeed it is quite an all-consuming task. Do enjoy your travels, and maybe you (and grands) can even preserve the time with a bit of poetry. Never too young.....smiles.

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  2. you must do what is important and family is def that...you are missed as well, but...enjoy it...revel in the time together, have a blast...and def bring pics..smiles

    what part of the states will you be in?

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    1. In FL for almost a month and two weeks with the grands alone! Yes to photos.

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    2. nice...we used to live in valrico...
      have fun!

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  3. I know what you mean. I have family scattered all over the states, but at least the trip is an easy one, and not for so long. I'm becoming a homebody, but visiting family is essential as I get older. :-)

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    1. Yes, just one state this time and I'm ready.

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  4. I leave stuff behind at my children's. That way, I pack little or nothing at all, carry my prescriptions with me for easy refills and whatever I buy I bring back. Yes, the pull gets stronger with each year you are away. Yet, it's great to be independent too. Enjoy.

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    1. This visit is to my sis-in-law in FL and then to Orlando for 2 wks. I'll write more about the wonderful things we're doing and meanwhile, I'm set to enjoy.

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  5. Readying for travel does seem to take a lot of energy these days. And I find I can only summon up enough energy to focus on one big thing at a time. But it's nice to have a partner who is an effective organizer. Have a wonderful time on your trip!

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    1. It certainly is. This is a big trip and he's the bomb! Are you doing dance lessons or camps in the summer?

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  6. I am still recovering from a trip I got home from a month ago!

    Enjoy your family.

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    1. Yours was THE big trip- safari to Africa, how great.

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  7. I hope that you have a marvelous time! And, don't work too hard!

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  8. Sometimes the press of what needs to be done takes over and one no longer even feels guilty about not writing! This has happened to me quite a bit lately too. I feel bad but there's just too much necessary and it's not necessary to my brain, maybe, but it is to a functioning life. Sounds like you've got wonderful things in store. Have a good time. k.

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    1. Sometimes it's guilty and sometimes I just miss it. But, you're right, the priorities change even for a short time. I'm planning on having a great time, thanks k.

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  9. nice...happy traveling and it def. would be cool if you could document the trip together with the grands... looking forward to reading...smiles

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    1. I'm in London on leg 1 from Rome. I'll keep you posted.

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  10. Have an absolutely marvelous time!

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  11. well you are about 3 weeks into your trip...hope you are having a marvelous time...thought of you today and figured i would pop in...smiles.

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  12. Enjoy your month in the states with family. We love living near our adult children and they were at our house today for a family celebration.

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  13. Beautiful blog. I so identify with what you write. Living in Holland half the year and Texas the other half gets harder for this Texan married to a Dutchman. And the pull of family, that gets more physical every year. xo Jenny

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