I Love Mondays Tip of the Week
I like business trips, and I'm not ashamed to say it. I like having my own hotel room, where I don't have to think about what to make for dinner, or worry about library books and permission slips gone missing. I like knowing that I can sleep in (though I never do), and soak in a gleaming white tub (which I do). Granted, I don't do tons of business travel so it's still a special treat. It's also different now that my girl is growing up, and I don't feel quite as guilty about leaving. I use to worry endlessly that my absence would be horrible for Risa emotionally and just as hard on my husband practically. (Single mothers, as always, I salute you). My point is, it's easier now that Risa is eight, an we can talk about my travel, chat on the phone, and make helpful calendars. Here's my favorite system we created: Risa makes ME notes when I travel. She sneaks them in my suitcase, one for each night I'm away.
Like many moms who travel for work, I always leave behind letters for Risa to read before bedtime while I'm away. But what also raises her spirits, it turns out, is knowing that I will be reading her notes while I'm gone. It guarantees that I'll be thinking about her each day as well (obviously I don't need a written reminder but if it soothes her spirits...). In fact, the first question she asks when I call home is, "Did you get my note last night? What did you think?" What do I think? Who doesn't enjoy reading an evening love note before calling it a night? I don't know when this tradition will slip away; I wish it could go on forever. If you're thinking, "Oh just wait, lady, til in a few years she is screaming 'GET OUT OF MY ROOM!' and 'YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING!', rest assured, I know all too well what's coming. That is why I try to savor this sentimental loveliness while I can.
This Thursday, I'll be heading to Galveston, Texas to present at the "Mind, Body, Spirit" conference. I'm excited to explain my projects, share my ideas/beliefs, get inspired by other wellness speakers, and hopefully get some hot Texas sun on my pasty winter self. And, yes, I am looking forward to having two love letters stashed in my suitcase waiting for me (along with a few days of crisp white sheets, a quiet room, and a bathroom sink free of spit-out toothpaste).
I am a journalist, filmmaker, author, wife, and mom to an 8-year-old daughter. My most recent project is I Love Mondays: And other confessions from devoted working moms. Other projects explore raising only children, happily ever after, raising strong girls, and hot topics for Jewish women.
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