Parents get time off for good behaviour, don’t they? A weekend away together once or twice a year? Maybe a weekend with friends too. If they’re really lucky, even a week long holiday with their friends.
Not in this house they don’t.
I have been a parent for nearly 12 years and I have NEVER had a weekend away with my husband. Or my friends. There were one or two weddings and one hen night in the early days, when we had just one child. And that’s it.
We dreamed of a weekend away, but never dared ask if my parents would babysit. They do so much for us all anyway. The kids aren’t their responsibility, they’re ours. We didn’t have kids to be jetting off to London or Paris for the weekend. We had them to look after them.
And then out of the blue, my mum dropped into the conversation, maybe my husband and I might like a couple of nights away sometime? I couldn’t believe it. We were so excited. It’s all tied in with our impending milestone birthdays
I immediately said I’d like to go to Amsterdam. My husband is always saying we should go there. But when it came to it, he wasn’t so keen. He’d been twice before – both times on stag nights, admittedly. He might prefer Paris, but I’d been there twice before.
So we went into a frenzy of decision making – assisted by friends on twitter…
We had to fly from Birmingham or Bristol – we didn’t want one of our nights away to be staying in an airport hotel at Heathrow or Gatwick because of the early flight! And we didn’t want to cut our already short trip even shorter by getting a mid-afternoon flight from a distant airport.
Rome looked beautiful. And we had demons to exorcise in Italy. But we just couldn’t fit the flights into our tight time schedule. It was the same for Spain too.
I’d always quite fancied Scandinavia, but my husband was determined we should go somewhere warmer. Or, at the very least, somewhere not colder.
It all kept coming back to Amsterdam. So we booked it.
We’re not going until October, as June is already busy and we certainly don’t want to go away in the school holidays if we don’t have to.
I am VERY excited.