“Mummy, I won’t like you if you leave me and go away”
I am leaving my family. I’ve done it before and I will probably do it again, but this time it’s different. I know I’ve only just returned from a week in Cornwall, I know I have a weekend in London planned a thing called CyberMummy, but in between I’m squeezing in a long weekend in Northern Spain, just me and some girlfriends to celebrate a friends 40th Birthday.
How fab is that? I think, maybe…..
I’ve left Noo with his Dad before over night, but not for a while. This feels different, and if I’m honest the thing that I’m finding most difficult is the physical distance that will be between us. All my previous breaks have been in the UK. This time, I am a plan ride away for 4 nights.
On return from our trip to Cornwall I broached the subject by way of preparation (did I leave that till the last minute?).
Noo’s response (remembering this is the child that doesn’t want to go to nursery) “Don’t leave me mummy”. “I don’t want you to go away”.
Since then, a plaintiff voice has repeated asked “are you going away today?”.
I’ve brought him the book Owl Babies, I’ve always loved it and I’m not sure why we don’t own it and the theme is appropriate. I know I’m going to enjoy my break, I know it’s going to be fun, I know I will come back refreshed and that I deserve a break but….
Apart from assurances that I will be back, what else can I say. I’d love some tips on abandoning your children?