I’m on the road. Again. Writing today from the very glamorous Newark Liberty Airport. I’m on a week long, two-city trip. Its day 1 and I’m feeling some relief as the guilt shopping is complete… already! Wahoo.
You see, the business traveling mama must relieve her guilt in being away from her brood by returning with a vast array of gifts. The gifts are used as rewards for good behaviour with Dad, to help soften the blow for the next inevitable journey and/ or because they have become expected.
It sucks that this Mama needs to be away from home for stretches of time, so its become a habit that I bring home souvenirs from my travels. Sometimes its Legos, sometimes its books, sometimes a Barbie (I actually found Flight Attendant Barbie in an airport somewhere, which was great because of my rule that Barbies should always have a job.) Since the great purge and move, I’ve been reluctant to buy the Shorties more STUFF, but I do like to surprise them with something.
Enter the NBC Experience Store. Lately my trips have taken me to NYC with meetings clustered in and around Rockefeller Centre. With 5 minutes to spare on a crazy day, the candy department at the NBC Experience Store saved my ass! GIANT CANDY NECKLACES were the saving grace. The Shorties loved them and they were cheap. I think I need to invest in this company and order these by the case load. They are a great novelty, sort of consumable and keep everyone happy. Until of course, my trip is to anywhere but NYC and I come home empty handed.
Its tough. I would like the Shorties to feel connected to my travel in that they know where I am going and where I have been. We could load up on those “My Mom Went to (INSERT RANDOM CITY NAME) and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” things. Or maybe they could start collecting spoons? WTF, are they 80? No, they’re kids and they don’t want crappy t-shirts and I’m not wasting money on lame souvenirs from the airport gift shop.
So Giant Candy Necklaces it is.