She’s Off!

In a few hours, my little girl heads to Europe. I still can’t get over that. She’s going to see Athens and Naples, the Vatican and Rome, stay with a family in France, tour Paris and explore London. I am extremely jealous.

We’re done with the packing and listing all the packed stuff. We’re done fretting about what we forgot. In about 15 minutes, we need to start heading for the airport. It’s kinda surreal, actually. This is the baby that used to scream bloody murder whenever a stranger came near. The only people who could touch her were her grandparents and us. Now, she’s little Miss Congeniality, jet-setting off to fabulous destinations.

My only consolation is that she will be forced to keep a journal and other educational goodies by the People-to-People crew. They don’t view it as a vacation. It’s a diplomatic mission. I suppose we could use that now – especially with the French. But I still think she’s going to sneak in quite a load of fun.

[Grooving to: I’ve Got To See You Again by Norah Jones ]
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9 Responses to She’s Off!

  1. Hey Lisa says:

    OOOOOoooooooh, I’m jealous too! Have a safe trip and moreover have a good time and most of all be safe!! And for Daddy Who Doesn’t Get To Go, {{hugs}} and at least t-shirt or postcard wishes.

  2. natalie says:

    I hate to get all “Kids these days” but could you have *ever* imagined doing this when you were her age? I mean, for me going to Wisconsin from Illinois was a big deal…kids these days are so lucky. The first time I flew I was 21, while my second child visited three countries before the age of one.

    She’s a lucky girl – but she worked hard to get where she is and she deserves the fun and adventure.

    But geezes if it doesn’t make me feel old…

  3. Sunidesus says:

    Oooohhhh! I want to go too! Tell her to have a wonderful time and say hello to Paris for me!

    Annoying as the French have been lately, I will always love that country, and want to go back as often as possible!

  4. Ric The Schmuck says:

    But who’s going to keep Whiny under control?
    Hope she has a great trip! (Actually, I’m sure she will.) I also hope that Mom and Dad manage to survive missing her while she’s gone.

  5. Christine says:

    You guys are the best parents!
    As a matter of fact, can you adopt me, please?

  6. Kathy K says:

    I went to Europe when I was 17 (with a school group). It’s one of the best things I ever did. I’m sure she’ll both learn a lot and have a great time.

  7. Kathy K says:

    Oh, and natalie? I was 17 in 1973.

  8. Pepperkat says:

    Nany nany boo boo! I’m in Athens Greece at the moment and boy-oh-boy is it pretty!

  9. Lambchop says:

    LOL! You should spank her just on principal for that when she gets home. Ahhhh to be young and carefree and jet-setting around the globe.

    I went to England twice on school trips my junior and senior years of high school and had a blast! Of course, the teacher who took us was VERY cool. He had 2 rules: Don’t go anywhere alone, and I don’t care how late you stay out at night, but you will be in the lobby by 8:00 a.m. for the daily sightseeing tours.

    Needless to say I was a very bad girl. Faith was there and can vouch for that! And in consecutive years, I napped at the British Museum and fell fast asleep at both Cats and Starlight Express. Oops.

    But I’m sure your daughter is an angel compared to me! *g*

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