Giving Me Pause

Are you one of those people who does better when they have something fun to look forward to? So am I.

In the past, that has meant traveling somewhere, exploring a foreign country, backpacking or camping, rock climbing, rafting or kayaking, snowboarding or trying some other active entertainment.

It's taken awhile to accept, but I've realized that my normal concepts of fun are pretty much junked for the next few years. At least until our wee one is better able to accompany us without self-combusting and/or wreaking havoc upon our mental and emotional stability, as well as that of our fellow travelers.

It's funny. The idea of a hotel room has shifted from "romantic" to "freakishly cramped." A plane flight? Horrifying. A candlelit restaurant? AUGH!

Every once in awhile I delude myself into feeling optimistic about the traveling thing and think to myself, "Hey. We could do it. We might just be able to handle it, have fun and find time to relax, too! Other people manage it, don't they? Why not us?"

And then I see a picture like this one, and I come to my senses.

"Oh. That's right... Hey, what's another couple of years?" 


  1. Cecily said on September 18, 2007 19:23

    It's weird how you lose yourself and find yourself in the same moments when you have kids isn't it? I know that for me there are days when I can't wait for the day when I can make a decision based on what I want and not what's wild kid friendly, but there are others when I wish they'd stay little and crazy forever.

    Anyway, this is a great post...very well said.


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