Now that’s done H, what can I worry about beginning with I?? Because yes folks, I am a worrier, mainly about the children (sorry Mr B). So our Big Trip gives me one almighty chance to WORRY!!! I am so laid back in many other ways (“maybe too laid back” my husband shouts from downstairs as he empties the dishwasher again….) but when it comes to travelling with the kids there seems so much scope for worrying: what to pack, what to amuse them, what to take to teach them, what to take to protect them from the sun, from bugs, from getting sick…. the list is endless. And yes, I do have a list, a Big List (I find it helps).
Apparently scientists agree that females of all ages tend to worry more and have more intense worries than males. Women also tend to perceive more risk in situations and grow more anxious than men. Research suggests that “women are more likely than men to believe that past experiences accurately forecast the future”.
So is this just my natural ‘maternal’ worry instinct kicking in? Am I remembering events in the past or stories I’ve been told and imagining them all happening to us on our travels? Try telling that to Mr B who just thinks I am slightly mad and should be more optimistic. He tries to reassure me by reiterating that all will be fine and WE DON’T NEED TO TAKE MUCH STUFF!! But (and this is a big but) he is a BOY! Girls just need more stuff!
Ok, I have had my hair cut short so that I don’t need a hair dryer or straighteners, have accepted that we can only take two (yes, just two) pairs of shoes and I know that I have a limited amount of space in my rucksack but now comes the tricky part…. what stuff do I take?? This is the challenge. I worry that one crucial thing will be missing, one little thing that could have made the trip just a little bit easier or better in some way. This is when the Big List becomes very useful (and therapeutic). I will let you know if it works in practice, when I come to pack everything on the Big List into my ‘not so big’ rucksack…
Don’t get me wrong, despite all the worrying, I am very, very, very excited about our fantastic trip and can’t wait until we are all finally packed and at the airport. I am hoping that most of my worrying will have been done by then (fingers crossed surreptitiously).