She’s out! Little sister #1 began her journey yesterday. Mary Helen loaded up her car with 2 cats, 1 dog and a whole lotta stuff. With our Mom as her traveling companion, she started her trip to Beijing with a stop in Florida to drop off the “kids” at our parents’ house.
In about a week, she flies to Beijing and will be there for at least 6 months!
I’ve been suspiciously calm about this whole thing – or so I’ve been told. It’s not that I am not blue to spend 6 months without one of my best friends – because I am! I think a few things have played a role in my ability to compartmentalize here…
- Mary Helen has never gone on an adventure of this scale. I believe in my heart that she needs this. I believe that everyone needs (their version of) this. I’m honestly excited that this opportunity presented itself to her and her *new* husband. Hard to be sad when you are happy for someone.
- I’ve been so damn busy that I haven’t had time to think about it long enough to get upset. This is a blessing for someone who has a tendency to overthink things. I know there are things that could go wrong, but I simply haven’t allowed myself to dwell.
- I know she’s coming back in 6 months. 🙂
- Scott. Scott is a supremely awesome human being. I adore him and trust him implicitly. I know he will watch out for MH and would do everything in his power to keep her out of harm’s way. That knowledge puts my mind at ease – more than I even thought it would!
So, off they go. I can’t wait to hear about their travels! If you’d like to follow along, keep tabs on Mary Helen by following her travel blog over here.