Friday, January 26, 2007

Embracing Adventure (But Not the Cactus)

We've decided to leave the kiddo at home. Sniff. As you may recall, SwingDaddy and I must attend the same tradeshow in Orlando in March, and we were contemplating bringing Q with us. SwingDaddy's parents kindly offered to join us to watch him while we worked, and we could celebrate Q's second birthday at DisneyWorld. What fun!

I'm trying to be less fearful and spend less time worrying over what might happen – delayed flights, lost baggage, unhappy child traveler – and instead embrace adventure, believe that we can do it, just like when we used to take suitcases full of costumes and music and dance and perform in Europe, what seems like a lifetime ago.

We could have a splendid day together at Disney. I would get to show off Q at the conference, where my co-workers would admire him, as the one child out of thousands of people. That's the key though, the one child. Because it's not really a place that's set up for kids.

SwingDaddy and I are still finding out our hours, but the showroom floor is open from 9am until 8pm, which means that it's possible we wouldn't actually see Q during his waking hours for more than thirty minutes for three days running. Three days while he ate hotel food and SwingDaddy's folks searched for ways to amuse him far from the comforts of home. When you're two years old, there are limits to the charm of long lines at an amusement park.

In the end, it's a whole lot of effort to take him across the country and then neglect him while we work. Instead of adventure, it'd be like embracing the cactus that Q so adored last summer.

My parents are coming to the rescue, and they're going to watch him while we're gone that week. Q will undoubtedly arrange an elaborate dance, karaoke, and tai chi marathon to amuse them. And we, we will miss him.

But he'll have more fun, and that's what matters.

P.S. Thank God for grandparents, everyone one of 'em.


mayberry said...

I just posted about this recently--I do find that it's better for me to travel by myself when on business. Having the grandparents step in is a great relief! (But I do think you better bring him back some mouse ears.)

Mamacita Tina said...

Absolutely right, grandparents are wonderful. Q's got some thoughtful parents on his hands.

Lady M said...

Mayberry - I read your post - you've had some great, creative solutions! Yes, mouse ears indeed.

Mamacita Tina - we are incredibly grateful for the help we've been given from our folks.