Hello all, as you may have gleaned from my last post, I have been stressing more than just a bit lately. Not really actively stressing mind you, rather ruminating - my mind chewing over what if's and to-do lists and schedules and such - in a constantly increasing and incessant way. The timing could not have been more perfect for a trip to the Caribbean to visit my parents. They built a house there years and years and years ago, but for some reason I have not made a point of going down. I was too busy, it was too expensive, I couldn't afford the vacation time, yada yada yada.
This year, as always, my mom said please come down. I said yeah... maybe...., as I always do. My Prince Charming of a husband, however, said this is nuts, you insane woman, and made it happen. He booked the flights, took vacation from work to look after the boys, arranged a babysitter for the days he had to work and pretty much threw me on a plane. All the while I was thinking what am I going to do down there? What if I drive my parents nuts (and vice versa)? I brought my computer to catch up on the all the work and projects that I needed to be doing, all the blog posts I haven't written, and of course my ongoing debate as to what to do with the rest of my life.
I did none of it. I can hear you all saying "duh...!" but for some reason I did not foresee how AMAZING this week was going to be. I am not going to go on and on about it because, well, I know how sick everyone is of winter, and, um, I don't want you to hate me. The major points: *first time away without the kids for so long, *first vacation by myself (i.e. without hubby) in about 15 years (this was also part of my reluctance to go - I love traveling with him) *first time hanging out with my parents by myself in around 20 years *being spoiled by my folks *warm sunshine *bright colours *green green green *warm sunshine *didn't make lunch or dinner once *rum and ginger ale on the porch *yoga and swimming *wonderful parents *warm sunshine... OK, done. No wait, there's photos:
So there you have it. I honestly feel like a different person. It really shook things up for me, although I didn't realize how much until I got home. After the requisite grumpy back-to-winter blues, I feel great, calmer, less stressed, more centred. I cannot thank Chris and my parents enough.
All of the "taxis" (i.e. mini-vans crammed with people) down there have slogans running across the top of their windshield, and the one I that stuck with me was "Too Blessed To Be Stressed." Amen Mr. Taxi Driver, AMEN.
Thank you also to all of you who commented on my last post, and emailed me encouragement. It meant the world, it really did. I have been reading and re-reading them ever since. I think I am starting to figure some things out, which I will of course share with you - cause that's what I do. Blogging is kind of a strange beast, part confessional, part public diary, part scrapbook, part PR machine... but the community that comes with it, the feeling of connecting to people, is so strong and heartfelt it sometimes surprises and delights me. MOOAH.