Last Sunday found me flying across country for work at the drop of a hat. I found out Friday night that I was needed at a hearing on Monday morning. After arranging for Ben’s mom to come down and stay with the kids sunday night, the nerves began to set in. I love traveling, but I have never traveled by myself. I am directionally challenged and am never “in charge” of getting us to our destination, I am usually just along for the ride. Having to travel solo was a great thing for me, of course at the time, I was anxious and sick to my stomach, but I can look back now and say I am glad I did it. From Cincinnati to Atlanta, then on to Santa Anna, CA. A brief hotel stay where I face timed with the kids, a Monday spent in District Court, then onto Salt Lake City and finally home to Cincinnati. I learned that I am perfectly capable of handling things on my own. I can make the connecting flights (even if I have to run through security and walk right on the plane), I can order room service, take a cab and manage to not get lost in the airport terminals. I was very independent when I lived at my parents and I started working while in high school and even when I moved out at 18 I feel I was still self-sufficient, but somewhere after that things changed. Ben and I have always been together. Married young, having one vehicle up until this past year, I slowly stopped driving, stopped worrying about logistics. Working full-time during the day, I wasn’t tasked with meeting a lot of new people or going to the kid’s school events. I can’t remember the last time I had gone anywhere just me, all alone. I missed Ben and the kids, I wasn’t gone long, but I think I found a small piece of myself that I might have left behind. I can’t help but be proud, for me it was a big deal.
I didn’t really get to see any sights, but here are some quick iPhone photos I snapped along the way:
View from the balcony of the hotel room.
Room service – pizza and soda in a fancy glass
Vita made this picture of us and put it in my empty compact.
Hotel pool lit up at night.
Bathroom selfie, on my way to court
Santa Anna, CA
Salt Lake City, Utah…wish I would have been able to have left the airport and explore. I think I would like it here.