Thursday, October 24, 2013

Being Away...

One of the downsides of being apart from your family is that you feel utterly helpless when something happens. Got a call from Mrs. G. yesterday that BabyGirl G. fell in gym class and hit her head - she's fine, but had a possible concussion so they needed her to be picked up. I think we could have made the case that, no, if she wasn't delirious or otherwise showing deliberate signs of concussion that she could stay, but Mrs. G was off yesterday and picked her up.

When I heard the message that she had fallen, and it dawned on me that I was completely and utterly unable to be there for her, that was an extremely bad feeling. As it turned out, she was okay - and even went to swimming last night, so I suspect it was just a good old fashioned bell ringing - but had it been something more, well, things certainly would be more difficult for me today.

Needless to say, the Mrs. and I are redoubling our efforts to find a house. I'm heading up to Massachusetts Friday after work, and we're going to spend Saturday frantically packing and making more moving arrangements. We're hoping to dovetail the closing on the MA house with a closing on a VA house so that we can minimize the time we are between houses (obviously). Ideally, we'd like to be moving in before Christmas if at all possible.

I know, I know; if you want to make G-d laugh, tell him your plans...

That is all.

8 comments:

Spike said...

Glad to hear she is A-OK. Being away from the family for even a few days is so bad that I cant imagine what a week is like.

Good luck on the house. Its a buyers market right now. Get one with spray foam insulation in the attic. Your heating/cooling bill will be like half.

joethefatman said...

Glad to hear the girl is ok.

I spent better than 15 years seeing my family on average two days a month(trucker). It is a difficult thing to deal with, but you learn to cope. Hopefully you'll be reunited very soon.

The people in the military have it worse in that they quite often not even in the same hemisphere.

LCB said...

Whenever we flew with the kids I had the same feeling. If anything happened to the plane, there was zilch I could do to protect my kids. Seriously made me sick to my stomach...and made me hate flying until they grew up.

Alien said...

A suggestion - it's more money, but since moving to NOVA is mandatory, returning from MA with a truckload of already packed stuff to put in storage in NOVA will make the final move easier. You're far enough along in packing to make it impractical, but "combat loading" the packing to differentiate between "gotta have this stuff" and "can live without this for a while" makes the NOVA storage plan more practical.

Dave H said...

I'm glad Miss G is okay. Good thing little kids are so tough!

ASM826 said...

Good to know it's not serious. The truth is there are an infinite list of things that can happen that we cannot control. Even if you're just across town at work, or standing watching them across the yard, things can happen that you cannot control or fix. Life and health are precious and whoever's hands you believe they are in, it isn't ours.

Old NFO said...

Yep, get it done asap to keep peace (and peace of mind)...

Anonymous said...

The first rule of working away from home is, the greater the distance from home, the more likely something there will go wrong.

Gerry

I'm glad she is OK