I’m getting ready to take a trip that requires air travel. Nine years ago I was on two planes a week, and flying was second nature to me. Today, however, I’m a Mom of two small children, that I’ve never been more than three hours away from. It’s been seven years since I boarded an airplane, seven, and well, I’m a little nervous. I know, I know, air travel is safer than driving a car, and accidents can happen anywhere.
But, I’m a planner and a bit of a worrier. So I’ve written my kids a note, to let them know how much they mean to me, how proud I am of them, and a bunch of other sentimental thoughts. Maybe if my Mom was still alive and I didn’t miss her so much this wouldn’t be a priority for me, but it is. Even though its been seven years since she passed away, its still difficult to not be able to pick up the phone and call her.
I know that if something were to happen to me, whether it be on the way to the grocery store, or on a plane, or if I fail to wake up tomorrow, this letter is like leaving them a little part of me. Because the reality is, at only 2.5 and 4 years old, they may not remember much about their Mom. My plan was to put the letter in our fire safe and lock it away, when I return safe and sound, I’ll put the letter in their memory books for the future.
The problem, our HP printer ink cartridge had kicked the bucket! Part of me found it a little funny that I’m writing a letter in case I die, and our cartridge beat me to the finish line. At least the case of my printer ink dying is one that can be remedied pretty quickly and easily. In order to ensure that our important documents are printed right when we need them, we try to stay stocked up on ink so that we always have 1-2 extras on hand. This situation was one in which I am thankful that I am a planner, so I just opened the desk drawer, pulled out our spare and voila!, I’m back in business. Hmmm, maybe I should print my will too…