Friday, January 4, 2008

I'm Back

After a long, relaxing holiday break, I'm back. It's amazing how quickly I fall out of old habits. I was getting really good at getting on here and writing regularly and it all fell away when holiday hoopla set in. It was fun, slow, a bit lazy and self indulgent, and now it's time to whip myself back into shape. Early to bed, early to rise. Daily time carved out for writing. Dressed and out of jammies by 10:30am......okay, noon. Anyway, it's a brand new year.

My kids are away for a week. They are traveling with their dad and so far I've received five phone calls. They've hardly been gone 24 hours. The first one came at 4:15 this morning.....A.M. Seriously. Charley was so excited he could hardly get the words out.
"Hi Mama!"
"Hi Charley. Where are you?" I fumbled for my watch. No, it couldn't be......4 am! How could his dad have let him call me this early? Oh, wait. His dad probably thought it would be hilarious for him to call me.
"Mama, we're leaving for the airport soon. Call me in about 20 minutes or something and I'll probably be there."
"Wow, Charley. It's still the middle of the night. You must be excited."
"Yeah, I am. Where are you, Mama?"
"I'm still in bed, Charley. It's 4am."
"Oh, okay. I'll call you later, okay? Bye Mama."
"Bye Charley."
Please let me fall back asleep. next thing I knew it was 8:15am and the phone was ringing again. This time it was Janey. A few more updates came throughout the day. I miss them. The latest message was from Charley. He told me that they arrived in Florida, "It's all the way on the other side of the country, Mama," and that he was having a really, really good time. Wait till they actually get on that cruise ship. Can't wait for the next call.

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