Travel and Missing the Family

by The Momma on May 23, 2011

I am currently halfway through a 9 day business trip to New York. This is the longest I’ve been away from the Noodle since he was born, and you know what? It sucks!

Don’t get me wrong. There are some good parts to traveling sans toddler. Uninterrupted sleep. Ability to eat at nice restaurants.The option to take longer than 9.4 minutes to eat my entire meal. Tantrum free shopping.

But for all that, I miss the little guy and his Daddy. I’m staying in Times Square and there are families EVERYWHERE. I can see the Times Square Toys R Us from my hotel room, and there’s a constant stream of kids. It makes me miss the family even more. I keep seeing little boys and wishing that mine were here with me.

The real busy part of my trip starts today, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be too busy to fret about it from this point on. We’ll Skype some more (thank goodness for Skype!), and I’ll call home and in a few days I’ll be back with my guys.

It’s funny. We spend a lot of times as parents complaining about the norms of toddlerhood: tantrums, sleep issues, eating issues, the inability to go anywhere. But, for me at least, now that that’s been taken away? I kinda want all of it back. Because it would mean I’d be home.

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TechyDad May 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

A few years back, I went away for a few days to attend a friend’s wedding. (My wife and kids were invited, but we felt that their age, the time of year and the location wouldn’t have been a good mixture so they stayed home.)

Of course, my little one got sick and I felt guilty for going away. I befriended a family with two small kids, one my older son’s age and I’ve got to admit I stuck near them partly because of some kind of “daddy instinct.” When they wanted to see the horses in a nearby stable and the parents needed to go take care of their little one, I offered to walk the kid there and back. I knew I wasn’t the kid’s father, but even taking on a supervisory role like that felt better than not taking care of a child at all.

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Tom May 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Thank goodness for Skype, indeed. I have an 8 year old daughter from my first marriage who lives in Hungary with my ex-wife. She comes over for summer vacation and Christmas, but Skype is our Sunday ritual the rest of the year. Without it, I’d go crazy missing her. I hope Microsoft doesn’t tinker too much with their new toy!

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