Did I mention I'm going to Europe? Work-related. Teaching-related, to be precise. Last year's trip was incredibly labor-intensive. But still, I look forward to it because it was also incredibly rewarding. I teach a week-long class (3hrs/day) in my area of specialization, mostly to students from developing countries and particularly war-torn areas. Many will work for NGOs in their home countries when they finish.
So I leave this afternoon. The worst part is that I will miss Halloween with my kids. I will be traveling from the airport to my hotel during the height of Halloween hour for kids in Europe, so I doubt I'll get to experience Halloween at all!
My kids were bummed at first, but seem to have adjusted--in large part because they've already had several Halloween events in the last few days that I accompanied them to, including at school.
Speaking of Halloween at school...why was I one of the few parents of my son's class to bring food for the class party, to help set up, and then to clean up? I, who have a full-time job and am leaving for Europe the following day?