I Sent My Heart To DC
Yesterday my husband and I put our 13 year old daughter on a plane to start her DC/NY Smithsonian Student Travel trip. She is traveling with 5 other kids from her school, a teacher and a mother of one of the kids.
We started working for this trip soon after the school year started last fall. We have done car washes (in tandem with Safeway to raise money for breast cancer awareness), candy sales, pizza coupon sales and making cell phone charms to sell. We did this all as a family, not as a group. Many kids didn't sign up until the last minute so we couldn't do any group fund raisers. With the generosity of friends, family, and my husband's boss, she was able to go.
This is a trip that my husband and I will probably never get to do so we're very happy that she made it. They're going to be kept very busy and I'm not sure I would be able to keep up with the schedule. You can see her itinerary here.
I miss her though; badly. My husband works nights so now I'm alone. No one to talk to about the news, funny things we see on the internet, school crushes, and life in general. We are very close and I feel like I have sent a piece of me across the United States and I won't feel complete again until she comes home.
No one to say goodnight to. No one to coax out of bed in the morning. No one to remind to feed the bird or fold the laundry. This weekend is going to be the worst though. I might have to spend time talking to......gasp.......my husband. We don't see each other much anymore due to his work schedule, but I'm used to that now. I am feeling the idea of what it's going to be like in four short years when she graduates from high school and moves away to college. I don't like it very much.
I sent my cell phone with her so she will call every night, and we will be able to hear about her exciting day. And I'm sure she will get some amazing pictures. She's got a better digital camera than I do!
So, hurry home Faithiekins, I miss you.