Hi folks! Didn't think you'd hear from me so soon, that is, if you've checked in here at all. I am sitting in the Air Canada lounge, crunching away on cheese & crackers and vodka coolers (hey, we are on vacation!) and looking at photos I took last night of my two precious daughters. D & K if you are reading this, give my babies a big squeeze and a big kiss from us!!
Mum & Dad if you are reading this, the same goes for my Sylvia, give her some loving from Mommy & Daddy!!
We have three hours until our connecting flight leaves. We will likely go shop a bit, and just relax. It is quite different traveling without children, no looking over your shoulder, no shhh-ing, no "stop kicking that seat!", no "yes, lets go to the bathroom for the one hundredth time!". But make no mistake, we miss our kids already. An hour in the car on the way to the airport in Toronto, we finally cracked and started talking about them.
Just about an hour ago, I was looking out the window at the gorgeous Colorado river...and that little mind-blowing crevasse in the planet (which heavily reminds one that we indeed live on the crust of this earth), the Grand Canyon snaked along beneath me...I was entranced. Finally in the midst of all the red rock and clay, desert sand approached and I saw a town. I was reminded of the scene in Jodi Foster's Contact (a movie, people!) where she encounters life while traveling en route to the outer reaches of a worm hole. "They're alive!" she utters. I uttered the same thing, and giggled to myself while J snored beside me. What is it about documentaries and flights over two hours that lead a man to slumber land???
Anyhoo, it was quite, um, a Zen moment for me. Made me feel quite small. It is then that I thought, take this in. Not everyone gets to see this. Even if it is from 35,000 feet.
Take your own moments today, to stop, and count your blessings. I've counted mine a few times today. Family topped the list. You know who you are.
I'll be back soon, with an update. I can't wait to see Hawaii. It's gonna be gorgeous.