My father worked for the same company for 41 years and in his entire professional career he never was sent out-of-town on a business trip. In fact, he never spent even one night away from home when I was growing up. I on the other hand have been working for 20+ years and I can’t even begin to tell you how many business trips I’ve been on.
I love my career in public relations and its given me the tremendous opportunity to travel and see many places, both large and small in this world. It’s due in large part to my many business trips that I can brag and say that I’ve visited all the contiguous 48 United States (I’ve also been to Hawaii on my honeymoon, so I’ve been to 49 states, all I need is to cross Alaska off my list).
In fact, I write this post sitting on the bed in a very posh hotel room located on The Miracle Mile in Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan. While it’s been great for me the past few days to take nice long hot baths without interruption, have a maid clean up after my messes, not have to fight over the remote control and eat meals where crayons and kids menus aren’t allowed, I can’t wait to get home to The Hubs and kidlets.
Now my anxiousness to get home has nothing to do with mommy guilt. I certainly enjoy all the perks of a business trip as I listed above. I can’t wait to get home because that truly is where my life and heart is, with my family. Though it’s only been a few days and I’ve spoken to The Hubs and kidlets via FaceTime, I feel like I’m missing so much of what is happening with them. Each day is filled with school, activities, friends, stories and experiences that a short video conference can’t even begin to convey. I’m actually a little jealous of all the fun they are having without ME!
So I’ve got my wake-up call set for early in the morning so I can make my way over to the airport and visit one of those cheesy gift shops to pick up something for the kidlets before getting on the plane and be homeward bound. I can’t wait to see all of their beautiful faces and hope they will be as excited to see me as I am of them!
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite city to visit – either on business or with family?
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