Tuesday, October 18, 2005

When in Boston...


...one is apparently compelled to take a screenshot while blogging wirelessly from the hotel lobby.

I'm here in this wondrous city in advance of some work-related meetings scheduled for tomorrow. I found a free hotspot and am sucking the daylights out of its available bandwidth.

I have so much work to do before I tuck in, but I couldn't be here and not snapshot it in some way.

Being away from home - again - reminds me of why I love being a part of it in the first place. It's an often chaotic, noisy, toy-strewn, place. But it comes with lots of little-people hugs at bedtime, and a rhythm of life that no antiseptic hotel can ever hope to replicate. I've been chatting via MSN Messenger with my wife, but it's just not the same as having a late-night mug of tea with her at the kitchen table.

My wife told me our little guy wanted to know how I was going to hug and kiss them goodnight from so far away. She said she'd give them an extra hug and kiss, and explicitly told them they were from me.

Sadly, we often miss the true value of something only after it's been out of our life for a bit. I miss my brood, and can't wait to be home so I can deliver the kisses and hugs in person.

Wherever you're travelling, please do it safely so that you can return to your own center of warmth.

Your turn: How do you bridge the distance when you have to be away from your family?

22 comments:

Morah Mommy said...

Technology is a wonderful thing. In between "talking" to you on messenger I came to read your blog.
It's amazing that we can be so far apart yet seem so close.

If I close my eyes, I can almost pretend I'm "talking" to you from across the room (I'm embarrassed to say we often do that! :->)

Leila Tov my Sweet! Hurry home!

Leanne said...

If you were being treated like cattle Carmi then you would still be in Canada!

As for being away from family, i can only manage to stay away from her for 3 hours max then i have to rush home and hold her and kiss her sweet smelling little head.

Rhodent said...

Since my kids are all grown, I have to reach out to them via phone... and look forward to the holidays when we can nusually all be together. Enjoy yours while they are still young and at home. It goes soooooooooooo fast!

~Cathy~ said...

I'm rarely away from my family. And on those times that I am, it's only for a night or two at most.... a little get-away for Mommy! :)

Janet said...

will you have a chance to see the sights while in Boston?

Pieces of Me said...

Hey...Gosh that was such a sweet post! I am praying that you travel safely on your return home to your loved ones!! Get that baby some hugs and kisses :-) TTYL

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Texts work well for me. But, you know, I value short times away from my closest people. It helps me to realise how important they are in my life, and stops me taking them for granted.

Ella said...

I'm almost never away from home but my husband is away a great deal and I know he finds it really hard. But I know he loves the hugs and kisses he gets from the children when he comes home (they forget all about me at those times!).

Courtney said...

Welcome to my part of the world Carmi, although I'm sure you've been here before!

I like to call my family; I actually have to talk with my sisters. IM and email are too slow.

april said...

While on business trips and when trying to share our son with his grandparents who are far away we use MSN Messenger - this way we can see each other and have a quick chat. We've been using messenger for about a year for this purpose and it is great - his grandparents have seen him grow up and he gets to see them... even if they are hundreds of miles away. My business trips tend to be short but we've connected on MSN to bridge the gap and at least get hellos in.

Chatty said...

the phone or the internet. You don't know how close you are! LOL

Barbara said...

Ever since my son was very small we've followed the same night time routine. I sing the ABC's, givea quick synopsis of his day, then a short poem about going to sleep. When I'm away I call at bed time and do it over the phone.

Busy Mom said...

Wishing you safe travels and hope you get home soon!

'nuff Z said...

So shoot me...
I live in the house of love; "she-who-must-be-obeyed" only leaves for about 7 hrs/day, the other 17 we're joined at the cuddle. My big black, fanged, wimp-dog, Dutch, only leaves myside to lick the cat.
MisterP, terror to pit-bulls everywhere, comes for hour long walks with us in the park and chases any dogs that take a dislike to Dutch but refuses to let a human pass without he recieves a scritchin'.
Is it any wonder I have all this pent up rage? lol
Good site, p.s. do you happen to know whichever Gleason twin it is that used to cover sports out in that area--'am a friend of his youngest brother.

Dave said...

what, an hour away and don't call me? and now I'm going out of town. uggh! how long will you be here?

Shannon said...

Thanks for your post. My husband works at home, my kids are homeschooled, so I often feel we get too much of each other. A night alone in a hotel? Heaven. But your post has reminded me to treasure these moments and be thankful we are not forced to spend time apart.

Plain Jane said...

For us it's text message after text message after text message... thank goodness we don't pay for our Blackberry bills!

kenju said...

AWWWW! I love that Morah Mommy sent you a message this way! When my kids were small, I was hardly ever away from them and when I was, I called everyday. My husband travelled way too much back then (usually 3-4 nights a week) and he also called every night, but we both agree that it is a poor substitute for being at home with your family. My husband now regrets being away so much when our kids were little, and if he had it to do over, he would try to stay home more.

Star said...

My son in law is leaving the army. THey have been in Japan for the last three years. Ny daughter and 10 month old grandson came ahead to get a job and a house.They will be apart for 8 weeks. My heart breaks for my SIL being seperated from his son at such a time in both their lives. We keep his picture all over the place and video conference whenever we can. The baby is very excited when he sees his Daddy!

Dlynne said...

Thank God for telephones. I would be absolutely lost if I could not talk to my children on the phone at least once a day when I have to be out of town for work!

Yaeli said...

It's not so difficult to bridge the gap these days thanks to the wonders of technology. I am wondering how I am going to "bridge the gap" when i'm on remote islands in Vanuatu with no electricity and a very irregular mail service. :o)
Michele sent me.

kenju said...

Michele sent me here again, Carmi! Hope you are having a good weekend.