Back Home After a Tough Trip

Drove to Sacramento this weekend. My grandmother has been in the hospital for too many reasons, so I and much of the rest of the family picked this weekend to go.

It was quite a trip. Borrowed my mother’s car since it was big enough for the five of us coming from the Southern California area. Yes, a nicely packed car, especially when you consider that two of the children are yet in car seats.

The trip was draining on so many levels. Seeing my grandmother in her current condition was tough, but necessary.

But I was also drained by a lack of sleep. My son was a major cause of that, as he didn’t like traveling, or rather, sleeping in an unfamiliar place. Starting the trip in the early, early morning of course also did not help matters.

Some things were fun, though. If you ever go to Sacramento with young children, check out Fairytale Town. It’s a place that would never be built today. The Crooked Mile is a particularly good example of that. A path I eould estimate as varying between 18-36 inches wide, 1-4 feet above ground, curving, twisting, tilting, up and down. The kids love it, but it could never be built today… no handrails or other safety features.

I’m still tired. So today, while I have some definite work goals in mind, I know I also need to kick back a little and just recover. I could have slept a lot longer this morning if my kids had allowed it.