My three days spent at Bouchercon with mystery/thriller readers and writers.
I didn’t have to say a word to feel at home among the 1800 readers and writers who spent Thursday-Saturday mingling and laughing together. I saw and chatted with Lee Child, Charlaine Harris, Daniel Palmer, Linwood Barclay, Karen Olson… Chelsea Cain gave me the finger (more on that another day). I got to hang out with Taylor Stevens who even told me a secret (I’d tell you but she told me I’d be dead to her if I did, ;)) I’ll be sharing more of these fun stories throughout the week.
So, I came and enjoyed and, surprisingly, worried little about Gage at all. Is this how moms with jobs feel? Since Jason and I came and left downtown together on Thursday and Friday it was a real eye opener to me. I now understand better why when he comes home he is not always 100% enthralled with the daily minutiae of my day with Gage. He has 2 1/2 hours to soak up all the (almost) 2-year-old antics that I take in over my 11 hours with Gage before he arrives home.
I am so grateful for the time spent with adults, talking about adult things and I needed it more than I realized before I went. Stay at home moms can get lost in the little things. While appreciating a banner day in dirty diapers is very interesting, there is a world out there that goes on without us, one that I was able to savor this week. I feel almost interesting again.
On Saturday I didn’t feel guilty about the time away, I felt guilty about how I didn’t want the vacation to end. I wanted to go on mingling with the superstars and fans, my peeps. But as all vacations must, it came to an end. I’m home and my parents will be leaving soon and when Jason goes back to work tomorrow I know Gage will look at me and be just a tad bit disappointed that I can’t morph into more people to entertain him. I am very grateful to my parents for babysitting all day long so that I could go play. They are the best parents ever.