She didn't have to be away but it's a long-standing annual trip she takes with the kids and two other friends just before summer ends. And I am starting back at work this week (I'm a teacher) so this week is exactly like last week. I told her last week how hard this week was going to be and she asked if I wanted her to stay, but I didn't get the sense that she would have been completely okay if I had said yes because it would have messed things up for the other families as well. And it wouldn't have been like we could have spent time together necessarily. So, I'm okay with that but I sure wish she would acknowledge it on her own while she's gone with a simple email or text or something.
Sorry that Sept. 9th is right around the proverbial corner. And thanks for your kind words. If I have any words of wisdom after this week, I'll share them with you. Though I seem to be short on wisdom currently.
And, yes, Lordhasaplan?, I do need to get better at telling her exactly what I need. I think I really want her to take the initiative a little more, but I'm not sure that will ever happen.