When Mommy Travels

For the last 5 or so years… I’ve done a great deal of traveling related to my work. My family is used to it. We’ve adapted. Grandmas cook and clean, Uncles and Aunts help out with the school schedules, friends set up play dates. We’re almost a finely tuned machine when it comes to mommy traveling.

When I’m away… my girls always want me to bring them something back. I know you’re probably thinking this is a terrible habit for them to be into. And I would agree with you but… I don’t bring them back toys or clothes or gifts of those sorts. I bring them back pens, stress balls, and samples. I bring them hotel stationary and lotions. They can’t wait to see what goodies I’ve hoarded away for them on my journey.

I call each night to discuss the day’s events and before we say I love you and hang up… one little voice will always say… “What are you bringing me?” And rather than get annoyed and feel like I’ve raised a materialistic child… I smile. I smile because I know that the anticipation of opening my bags and finding peanuts from the plane brings Mommy one day closer to home.