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Tomorrow morning I leave for a "real" vacation. No DH, no kids, just me and my two sisters; one older by 18 months, and one younger by about 12 months (my mother was insane). My older sister has a vacation condo in the Smokey Mountains in South Carolina, near the Georgia and North Carolina border. We should be well inland from Earl.

We've been planning this for months, and the plan is just to be together and hang out. Drink some good wine, play some golf, go boating, hang out at the pool, and I think we have tickets to a minor league baseball game in Greenville for Sunday! I won't come home until Tuesday (9/7). At first I was going to bring a hand quilting UFO to keep me busy, but I'm not sure I will get to work on it. It might just be more trouble than it's worth, dragging it on the plane, through the airport, etc.

Since my parents passed, I think the three of us have realized that living so far apart, we need to make some extra effort to stay connected. My oldest sis lives in the Dayton OH area and my younger sis lives in the Raleigh/Durham area in NC. I get to see the oldest several times a year since she travels to the Chicagoland area on business frequently, but I don't think I've seen my younger sister in about two years, and that's just not right. I have always been close to my younger sister and it makes me sad that we see each other so rarely. I have to admit tho, we email at least 4 or 5 times a week so we're not totally out of each other's lives.

So here is the rub in all of my grand plans...my DD (13 years old) is having "oral surgery" while I am gone. My DH scheduled the date, forgetting my plans. We can't move the surgery date because it has to coincide with some other dental work that has been scheduled for a long time. I am just going nuts. My DD is so nervous, and being a Mom, I can't STAND the fact that I won't be there. I know in my heart that it's not a big deal (it's just the removal of some baby teeth), and my husband is more than capable of being nurturing, but as a MOM, I can't stand not being there. I'm also a Project Manager by profession and I can't stand not being in control.

Deep breath...deep breath...everything will be fine......

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Comment by Jennifer Evans on September 4, 2010 at 8:02pm
Thanks everyone! I am still down here in SC and having a wonderful time. My daughter came through the dental work with flying colors! All is well!
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on September 2, 2010 at 6:50pm
Jennifer go have fun with your sisters. Nothing better than sisters getting together for a vacation. Looking forward to the day my DS and I can take a vacation together. Maybe in the spring to Florida - you never know. Everything will be fine at home and your DH will do just fine looking after DD.
Comment by Lill on September 1, 2010 at 9:00am
Have fun with your sisters!! Your dd will be fine with dad. And I'm sure your ds will be a great help too. No guilt is allowed, you deserve this time with your sisters.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 1, 2010 at 8:13am
You are right... everything will be fine and it is GOOD for your DH to handle this situation. Go, and have fun with your sisters -- that's important too. Your daughter knows you care and I'm sure you will be in touch by phone. How about leaving a fun package of goodies for her to open after the surgery. She'll love it.
Comment by Janet S. - MO on September 1, 2010 at 8:05am
I can't imagine how you must feel but think that the time with your sisters sounds wonderful - know you'll enjoy the time. I'd leave her little notes tucked here and there, a little "thinking of you gift" she can hold on to (small stuffed animal?) during the surgery? and definitely the phone calls. Enjoy your visit and hope EARL doesn't mess up your air travel either!!!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 1, 2010 at 5:50am
I can relate to your angst about missing your DD's appt and also about the need to feel in control (I'm right there with ya', sister), but maybe it will be a growing experience all of you. Enjoy your time with your sisters.
Comment by handstitcher/IL on September 1, 2010 at 5:02am
I'll be thinking of you this weekend, enjoying your time with your sisters. You're absolutely right about how important it is to stay connected. E-mail is great (one of my sisters and I e-mail daily), but it's not the same as face-to-face time. Thank heavens for cell phones, where you can be in contact with your DH and DD as much as you need. My DD did the oral surgery route about 2 years ago (5 baby teeth removals plus a wayward embedded permanent tooth). Everyone told me that the mouth heals quickly, but being a Mom, I couldn't imagine it. They were right. Her mouth healed so quickly. Good luck!
Comment by Ada Funnell on September 1, 2010 at 3:43am
Jennifeer I think Karen gave you excellent advice. Just keep in contact with daughter and all should be
okay. What a wonderful chance to spend time with you sisters. Do take advantage of it and enjoy.
Comment by Gayle/La. on September 1, 2010 at 12:09am
I say "Ditto" to what Karen said. After all she is half of him too. My DH would make me stay home if that was me and I don't think it will be life altering, will it?
Comment by Connecting Threads on August 31, 2010 at 10:13pm
I know the feeling! Twice, I was out of town when my dd had some medical issue. Never life threatening, but enough that she wanted her mommy. GUILT! But you need to do something for yourself too. And as you said, DH is perfectly capable. Plan a phone call before and after so she knows you're thinking of her (you won't relax until it's over anyway). Then relax and enjoy yourself! There is always going to be something to keep you from a real vacation and you do deserve one!

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