Notes from a hotel room

by CountryFriedMama on July 29, 2011

I’m listening to the girls giggle together on a tiny pullout couch in a hotel room in Birmingham. I’m trying to be stern. We’ve had a long day, and tomorrow, we must find a way to get through two airports without losing their 500 I-can’t-fly-without-these toys or each other (or our minds).

It’s hard to be angry at them, though, even though I really want them to Go To Sleep. The sound of sisters cracking each other up in the dark might be among the sweetest on earth. I’m glad they can appreciate each others jokes about jaywalking chickens and tooting. Few others can.

And I’m relieved they’re ending this day laughing, not crying. We moved out of our home today, the only one The Belle has known, and the only one Miss D. remembers. I was giddy over the whole thing, to be honest. Goodbye, impossible-to-clean kitchen floor. Goodbye, horrid 70s wallpaper in the bathroom. Goodbye, jungle yard. Goodbye, goodbye.

The girls were less than giddy. So, it’s nice to hear them laughing now in the dark. Even though they should be sleeping. Even though I know how awful tomorrow could be if they’re overtired. Even though I do not bend bedtime rules.


Tonight, I’ll listen to them crack each other up for awhile, and hope that it’s a sign of an easy transition into the very different world we are about to enter.

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Notes from a hotel room
July 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

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Twitter: KatieWaltersBzn
July 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Good luck on your new adventure! Be sure to keep us updated!


Amy July 30, 2011 at 7:42 am

I envy the girls….leaving their home forever isn’t real to them. They are living in the moment. When you show them their beds in their new home, it will be home….because you’re there. Along with all the crap you brought with you. ;)
When A. hugged me goodbye & I went to let go, she held me tighter a few seconds more. I’ve been holding onto that sweet, honest love & carrying with me. I will hold onto it as long as my heart is willing & then a few seconds more.
Love to all of you & enjoy your adventure!


Twitter: countryfried
July 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

The Belle was far more distraught by her visit that day than I expected. I think she will be talking about you and missing you for a long time. And you’re right — it’s not real to them. They talk about their stuff “at home” even though they saw everything loaded into storage units and the house empty. But I get that. I find it all surreal, too.


CKH July 31, 2011 at 6:18 am

Your post brought tears to my eyes as I remembered all the giggling me and sisters did in hotel rooms, in church, in our own bedrooms. Usually, we would laugh harder when we knew we weren’t supposed to be laughing. Today, well call it “the church giggles.”

Safe travels. Selfishly, I can’t wait for you to arrive.



Twitter: countryfried
July 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I love hearing that. I hope they grow up remembering and cherishing those “church giggles,” too. See you soon!


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