After a hellacious three weeks of work, constant go, go, go with the kids, getting up at 5:30 a.m. to exercise I was really looking forward to our annual trip to Maryland. Every year my cousin throws a spectacular party during the Memorial Day weekend, and since last year we had to miss it I really was looking forward to this great weekend away – to relax and spend time with family - we grew up like siblings so it’s important to us to visit when we have the opportunity.
And I needed the time away.
The drive to Maryland from New York is usually five hours but this trip was a clean nine hours! Ugh. It was a grueling trip of being stuck in traffic for a solid two hours of NO movement. It was miserable. I was going insane but remarkably the boys were not. I was really impressed with them; they hardly fought, and were unbelievably behaved.
Totally patting myself on the back.
After we arrived, we settled into the hotel room, got dinner, hit the hay. The next day began crappy as I got text after text from co-workers that something was amiss at the office. The news was really upsetting, and I was ready to go crazy. I couldn’t believe what was happening and didn’t know how to handle the information. My gut reaction was to immediately react, but I decided to look at the big picture, and realized that this job will be just a blip on my life’s map.
I had a choice to make – ruin my mini-vacation or not.
I chose not to ruin it.
It wasn’t fair to me, my children, or my sisters and their families. I took a step back, tried to calm down and realized that this was out of my control, I was out of town, there was nothing I could do to right this wrong, and there was nothing my employer was going to do, so I said “It is what it is” - a definite lesson learned, and it didn’t ruin a fabulous weekend which was the main objective. There was sightseeing in DC, dinner with family; the next day was a sun and fun at a local pool and spray park and than an equally as fun luau at my cousin’s gorgeous home!
|Air & Space Museum|
The lesson from this weekend was definitely every action has a reaction – I’m glad I took a step back, and was able to disconnect from a very ugly situation – I feel like a grown up, well sorta.