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Sunday, December 20, 2015

After a 3 hour drive to the airport, a 4.5 hour flight, and another 3 hour drive, we made it to my Mom's house just before midnight and created havoc and mayhem. Well, perhaps it just seemed that way after waking up from the car ride.

I managed not to veer off plan - had an overpriced big salad with grilled chicken for lunch in the airport, and then more chicken and salad on the road for dinner. I had one french fry and one "chicken fry" from the kids' fast food orgy in the car. Just for quality control, you know.

So it was a lot of being emotionally tired from doing a lot of nothing physically strenuous. I don't know why traveling is exhausting for me - maybe it's the background worrying that something might go wrong.

But it was also a really happy day. Traveling with both kids is a treat; the college kid is a couple of years away from full-blown independence so these family trips will soon be a thing of the past. And our younger kid is 15, this amazing age with one foot in adulthood and the other still in childhood. She's taller than I, and so composed and confident when it comes to school and soccer. And other times, she's still so sweet and child-like. During our long car drives at both ends of our trip, we sat in the back seat together and she held my hand as she snoozed. I really cannot imagine a better birthday present.

Which is good, because we don't do birthday presents. We do do birthday dinners, so today we are going to have my favorite - fresh seafood. Yum! And I'll get to hold *my* Mom's hand as we have some of our own quiet time. It takes a bit of an effort to get here, but I can't imagine not doing it every year.
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    This warms my heart. I agree--traveling is hard, but it sounds so FUN to travel with your whole family! I know that bittersweet feeling of having almost-grownups and then grownups. It's true that opportunities to travel together become scarce, but we can always meet up somewhere, and I'm so happy that my children who live away from home still love to come home. I know your son likes to come home, too, and I have no doubt your daughter will feel the same.

    My daughters hold my hand, too! I had exactly the same experience night before last, coming home on the train from the wedding. Except that I was the one who snoozed, and Mari held my hand the whole way. I was so tired. But you're right--it is worth the trouble to be with family and to show them how important they are to us.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It's wonderful that you can be with your mother at this special time.
    1947 days ago
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    How terrific, especially the hand holding. And the background worry is an old friend of mine... Enjoy the happy family chaos ! Merry Christmas.
    1948 days ago
    Enjoy your time with your mother! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    1948 days ago
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    1948 days ago
    How lovely, what a sweet day you had. These are the days we need to savor, and remember.
    1948 days ago
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