Home again, home again jiggidy jig
I am back! The trip was terrific, lovely, refreshing, and restful. My last day there I spent at my aunt's pool, swimming, sunning, reading, drinking mimosa's and eating fresly picked oranges off the tree. I listened to the sounds of the birds and the pool filter. No children in sight.
Someone asked me if I missed the kids while I was gone. Honestly, no, I didn't. I was quite delighted to see them upon my return, but so enjoyed my time alone, missing them didn't occur to me.
I did miss my husband from time to time. I realized how much fun I have with him, and how much I bounce my ideas off of him. So I did miss him, and was very happy to be back with him again.
In the last 13 years, I have not taken a vacation without my husband or children. The best part of this trip for me was getting aquainted with me, the person, without the screen of husband or children. Just me. That was fun. I had forgotten what I was like when I was just me. I had forgotten to have long, uninterrupted conversations about not-child related issues. I found out my brain does still work the same way. I found I haven't changed as much as I thought. Children have only made me better in regard to how I relate to the world. All the gifts I held previousely are still there, I found.
So there you go. A good trip, a nice reunion with myself, and a great little suntan. Bliss!!