I am reminded of Sun Tzu, “even a 2440 mile journey begins with a single step…”
Today is our first step on a 60,000 + journey. It is 4:30 am we leave at 6:00 for our first flight to Philadelphia. I wanted to get up early, brew a last pot of coffee in our home and try to read the morning paper (too early). Hey, this is the sort of thing that got us into this mess in the first place!
We have all been through the spectrum of emotion this week. The kids have had lots of energy, which we summarily squashed by telling them that they could watch all the TV and use the computer all they wanted. Which we never let them do. Done. We haven’t heard a word out of them since. We have continued to bang at our to do list with the quiet acknowledgement that the end was almost here. Or was it the beginning we had in mind? We have been happy the day was coming, sad to leave a house we love very much, stressed about the unknown and excited to see friends. It is nice though sitting here now that a new chapter is starting.
Why Philadelphia? Pragmatism. We needed to shave a few miles off our overall trip to get inside of 40,000 miles for our around the world ticket. (Those other 20,000 miles come from side trips, two trips back home to work and a side trip to Africa.) We needed to get away from our house and our to do list before really heading across the Atlantic, so we all had a chance to rest. Southwest flies there for cheap and USAir flies to Dublin from there directly. As a highlight and bonus we all get to visit The Wharton School, where I had the priviledge of attending less than ten years ago for my MBA. An amazing institution. A place that truly changed all of our lives for the best. One of my best friends, and fellow Wharton classmate, Drew and his family will meet us there for a small goodbye. We hope to see them somewhere on the other side of the globe during this year.
Well the coffee is ready now. I’m going to go have me some. And enjoy a few last quiet moments in our house.
Tags: Departure, Emotion, First Day, Pre-Departure, Thoughts, Travel