I’m writing to you today from Kowloon, overlooking Victoria Harbour with the Hong Kong skyline as the perfect backdrop. I’ve been on the road for over a week now on an around the world tour it seems. Started in Vancouver, stopped in London for 4 days and am now in Hong Kong before I head home in just two more sleeps!
Life on the road is a very interesting parallel universe. You can get used to the cushy treatment and rockstar amenities. But its certainly a little weird. Sure, its definitely glamorous jetting into a world class city and being whisked into fantastic hotels with local hosts striving to keep you happy. The truth is that running around this alternate reality has its downside – especially as the traveling Mom. I hear all your eyes rolling all the way over here in Asia. “wahhhh poor you, R&R Mom.” I recognize that this is a very ass-y thing to say. I GET it!!! Believe me, I am exceedingly grateful for all these incredible chances to see this amazing world and work withs some fantastic people along the way. But being away from the Shorties and J is gut wrenching.
Thank Steve Jobs for FaceTime. It makes it so much easier to be able to lay eyes on my loves. Its no substitute for cuddles but being able to see each other is a godsend no matter how long the trip. But time zones are a killer. Inevitably, the moment I’m free for a chat its bath/ bed/ meal time at home so my call only adds to the chaos. Not to mention the great fun of FaceTiming with little shorties who are far more interested in how they look in the picture. They are like miniature Paris Hilton’s only rather than preening at their own image are zooming in on their eyeballs, sharing the half-chewed pizza in their mouths or shaking their butts at the camera (well, I guess this last one Paris Hilton would do too).
And forget about actually catching up with your partner on the call. These little narcissists hold a tight grip on the technology, monopolizing the conversation with silly noises, singing and quite often burps. Mom & Dad are NOT getting a word in edgewise. You’re lucky to have a quiet second to get through the necessary day to day business of the household (did you remember that today is garbage day?) let alone actually sharing an intimate moment or at the VERY least “how are you doing”.
These are hard moments. When hearts ache to connect with the loves and it just can’t happen. So back we go into the isolation of the dark, too cold (or too hot) hotel room to bury yourself in emails and work mode. Whether its a 2 day trip or 2 week trip this happens and it just is what it is.
The good news is that I can start counting the hours when I’ll see those bright little faces (and a bright bigger face) at the arrivals area in the airport and can go back to the real world. Changing diapers, wiping noses and cozy snuggles. I would take that over a 5 star hotel any day!