Your bags are packed and ready by the door. Necessities like clothes and unmentionables, toothbrushes, and your special blankies bulge from within their confined spaces.
A week of sleepovers, that's where you're headed. The countdown began less than 20 days ago and now the final day is upon us and you can't sleep because of your excitement. "Just one more sleep?!"
I feel like you are leaving me. So great is your excitement and anticipation that you barely pause to consider the separation that is to come between us. The truth is though that I am leaving you. But just for a week. To catch some sleeps alone with papa, some sleeping ins with papa, and lots of much needed time alone with papa.
As revved up as I am about this time off from early mornings and midnight cries, I know I will crave your faces first thing when I wake up and miss responding to your sweet calls for my attention. Saying goodbye is easier for papa since he travels away from home often on business. But for me, you are my business. Responding to your needs is my first priority and withdrawals are sure to set in as I rise to seek only my own desires. While I take in the sights I am sure to marvel at the beauty and grandeur around me but I will be thinking how much I wish you could share it with me.
So, my solution is simple. Since you are not coming with me, I have decided to bring the sights and sounds and experiences to you here, as best as can be shared through words and pictures. Each day that I am gone, I will write to you and tell you all about our travels and our adventures. By capturing moments and emotions with the expectation of sharing it with you, it will almost feel as if you are with me.
Tomorrow we're off. You to homes that will temporarily provide you all the love and devotion that you receive at home. Me to places I have longed to see and for a special time with papa that I have longed for. But as I go, I will frame the moments for you so that you can see just how mama's carry their children always in their hearts, whether near or far.
From mama, with love.