Sunday, April 1, 2012

Here. We. Go. {Digital Parents Conference - Part 1}

The alarm gently buzzed on my bedside table.  Our room was still dark, the sun, only just peaking through the gaps in the blinds. The house was silent.  The Five Little Reasons were still sleeping soundly.  I bounced out of bed like a little girl on Christmas morning.  The day was finally here.

I wasn't prepared for how life changing the next 3 days would be for me. 

For my soul.

For my mind.

You see, I have spent every minute of every hour of ever day for the past 12 years, thinking of someone else.  I left school, started working in my parents business, was only just not a teenage bride, and spent the next 10 years creating my family.

In all those years, it has never been about me.

I have never had a break.  I have never been out after 9pm and I have certainly never been on a trip… solo.

We bundled the Five Little Reasons into the car and made our way down the highway to the airport.  They were so excited to be going to see the planes. 


 




We made our way through security, around to our gate and, showing that I have never travelled before, we were extremely early.  






While the Five Little Reasons lined up along the window, pressing their noses to the glass, Asian tourists snapped photos of them. Joshua came up to me, a little frightened.  I assured him that it was ok.  They were just intrigued with the fact that there was FIVE Little Reasons.  Delighted with my answer, he turned around and started posing.




Finally, the plane had been boarded and I had no more time.  I waved goodbye to the Love of my Life and the Five Little Reasons through the glass as I walked on the tarmac, my heart beat silently.  I slowly climbed the stairs to board the plane, my arms flapping about at the mirrored windows in the direction of where I thought my family were standing.





I found my seat and organised my onboard luggage.  As the plane made it's way around to the runway, I fluffed around with my iPhone.  Finally, the plane started gaining speed.  The seats rattled as the sound of the engines grew louder and louder.  There was a feeling of lightness as the wheels slowly lifted from the earth.  I looked out the window.  Tears started falling behind my glasses.  

Oh.  My.  God.

Here.  We.  Go.


 



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16 comments:

  1. Wow Danielle.....That is way too long to wait to put yourself first!
    Have to say that it looked like you had a great time and it was fun to be part of that in a small way x

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    1. I have been reading your blog all morning Kirri - I am in awe of you. :)

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    2. Oh wow, Thanks Danielle. I'm creeping yours too! Lets keep in touch x

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  2. You soo deserved a break love, can't believe it's your first one in 10 years!!

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    1. What? The outrageous Mum gone Wild didn't clue you in???

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  3. Wheeeee! Can't wait to get your take on the rest of the ride, girlfriend!

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  4. YAY! Looking forward to seeing how you spent your (not quite so) alone time! xx

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  5. I'm excited to hear more. It's obvious what this has meant to you, you've taken in every detail.

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  6. yay for you luv!!! Bit of self love much over due and from the instagram transcript, you were in the best company xx

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  7. Fantastic to meet you and boogie the night away. So awesome that you had such a brilliant time!

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  8. Looking forward to reading each post you have in your head as you process it all. You certainly lived it up, breathed it all in and made the most of that time on your own. So great to spend time with you again!

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  9. It was so good to see you again :)

    You are so brave to leave little ones at home, but its about time! Glad you had so much fun..there was heaps to learn.

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  10. It was really lovely to meet you at the conference and thanks so much for coming to my session Danielle.

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  11. I can so sympathise, I'm yet to have any me time in the past 10.5yrs of being a mum, but saying that I've decided to return to work for me, and start in 2 weeks.

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