One man show

The VIA train took my baby away this morning, off to the Big Smoke for 2 days of conference excitement. This is the first time in 5 years that Kristen will spend a night away from the little dude. That’s right, in 5+ years, she’s never had a full 24 hours off from mom duty. Which also means that I’ve never been the sole parent in charge for more than a day.

When she first told me of the opportunity to attend the conference, I flinched a little bit. The long list of jobs and challenges that I would now be responsible for was a little bit daunting, and I started to fuss over it. Luckily, I took a step back and thought about it for a moment. I remembered how enjoyable my few recent excursions as an independent adult have been, and I realized how good this little work vacation away would be for Kristen. 

And it’ll be good for Max and me too. We’re having a couple of days of dude time, complete with Lucky Charms, Lunchables, and Lego Batman 2. I’m looking forward to spending the time with him and I know we’re going to have a fun (albeit unhealthy) couple of days.

But, to be honest, I can already feel the creeping sense of loneliness I get when I’m single parenting. The first wave of it washed over me when I dropped Max off at day camp this morning. I shouldn’t be so easily affected by it, but I’ve always been a sensitive child. 

As an aside, it just occurred to me that Kristen is going to Toronto the morning after the flash flooding there. I hope she can safely navigate the waterlogged streets and avoid the occasional swamp gator she may see on her trip. 

Published by Chris

I'm an author, freelance writer, dad, and civic busybody living in London, Ontario

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