20 hours is how long I’ll be away from home today, this Friday the 27th of July. I’m attending the 2007 BlogHer conference in Chicago; I was invited to participate in a focus group at the kindly invitation of Revolution Health.
Yes, I am not staying overnight in Chicago—-I’m taking a 5.30am train to the Newark airport, getting into Chicago just after 9.10am, taking public transporation (I think I have it figured out—I do not have Jim’s special sense for coordinating train and subway routes in my head) to the Navy Pier for the conference. Then it’s back to O’Hare airport to take a 10pm train back to Jersey where (as Jim plans) he and Charlie will be waiting in the black car at just after 1am.
(So we’ll be able to get a bit of sleep before Charlie’s 10am Saturday ABA session.)
Today after greeting Charlie on the bus—-and watching him swim at the pool’s bottom (it’s only 3 1/2 feet deep but Charlie still managed a backwards flip yesterday) and following him up the stairs for the water slide—-and getting him the McDonalds he requested (with a healthy side dish of mom-cooked carrots)—-I told Charlie, as directly as I could, that I would be taking an airplane to Chicago to a conference. And that, Dad would put him on the schoolbus and he’d see all his teachers and Dad would meet him after school and they’d ride bikes and maybe visit Dad’s office afterwards……and then I’d be back. Charlie’s eyes were very round and he sat on the couch with his arms just bent at the elbow, traces of shadow on his face.
“Mom will be right back,” I said.
“Mom’ll be back,” said Charlie.
The longest I was ever away from Charlie and Jim was a few years ago when I was gone for two nights. I was thinking of staying over on Friday in Chicago but then I would have to get a hotel and get up early to catch a morning airplane and worry about getting myself from hotel to airport………less fuss this way.
What is the longest that you have been away from home?
(I’m going to try to liveblog from BlogHer and let you know what I hear……..)