It’s funny how something that you’ve been planning for years and years can still somehow manage to catch you a bit by surprise when the event finally arrives even though while you were in the middle of the planning, you more or less felt like the day would never arrive when that which you were planning for so long finally happened.
That’s rather been the case with Claire’s second trip to the United States; a trip that we’ve been talking about for over four years and planning quite extensively for the past year. Through a major series of emails and Facebook messages we’ve plotted with meticulous detail the what/when/where/how/why of her jump across the pond and I’ve got to say that even though we’ve got things hammered down to almost the nth degree – it’s still rather surprising to me that the day has finally come when she’ll actually be here. But it has and in just over four hours, I’ll be tossing stuff in the car in the hopes that I’ve not forgotten anything important as I set out to first pick up Claire at Boston’s Logan Airport and then we head north to Maine and further on to New Brunswick, Canada in search of the world’s highest tides at Hopewell Rocks.
Wow. How did that actually get here so fast? Well, sort of fast, but not really I guess when I look back over the past four years and all of the planning that has gone into this trip – as well as the others that we have planned while Claire is here. I get the feeling that the next six weeks are simply going to blow by and I’ll be sitting on the other end of Claire’s journey wondering “Wow, how did the time go by so quickly??”
In the meantime, though, I’m watching the clock creep ever so slowly towards the time when I can get out of work, say good-bye to my co-workers until next Wednesday, and wrap up a few small errands before loading up the Caliber, dropping Amanda off in Quincy at a friend’s for her weekend plans, and then continuing on to the international terminal at Logan to await Claire’s arrival and the start of Phase One of our big adventure.
And trust me, time is moving awfully slowly right now!