Have you ever wondered why Bobby Pins are called Bobby Pins? I hadn’t given it much thought until working down my list of things to pack for my trip to Laos for the Save the Children Mother’s Day Cycle Challenge. Well, now I know: The name stems from the use of such pins to hold the 1920’s bob cut hairstyle…which is totally unrelated to this post. Maybe I wanted to start with something trivial because it’s been tough getting to this point.
Last night, I cried. After a huge week, I didn’t feel like I could do it all, everything from organising food and washing, to getting the house sorted and my own personal packing. After the younger kids were in bed, I sat, feeling defeated. On top of it all, I carry the joyous burden of being a mother. I miss the kids when I go away, I worry, and the work it takes to make something like this happen…is…a mammoth job.
I think I may have said something along the lines of, “I don’t want to go.” Maybe to myself. And my eldest daughter came up behind me and lay a hand on my shoulder. She said, “Mum, I want you to go. You’ve been training so hard and it would be a shame if you didn’t go and do this.” She went on to tell me how proud she was of me. Right now, I can’t think of anything more beautiful than the words of my daughter encouraging me. To have her confidence, to see her pride in me, is something I will never, ever take for granted.
So I had my mini-meltdown, and then rested and regrouped. The morning came, as it does, and everything seemed a little brighter. I threw myself into it and here I am, ready to go. Still a little apprehensive, but that’s normal for me.
I like to lay things out in piles as I pack so I can see clearly what I have.
(In my) Suitcase
Pillow slip & a sheet (handy for remote places)
Shoes (sneakers & 2 pairs of mox shoes — awesome for travelling)
Spare zip-lock bags
Power cord adaptor (for relevant country)
Norwex face clothes
Face moisturiser cream
BB cream (Clarins)
Pot of bronzer/eyeshadow
(In my) Backpack
Borne Naked Clear Mini bag
Medicine (pain relief, anti-malaria tablets)
Did I mention I have an entire suitcase dedicated t0 toothbrushes? 150 of them. My children think it’s hilarious. Carrying all these Oral B toothbrushes (gifted by P & G) for the children I’ll visit in Laos, makes me glad.
On my run route near home, there’s this torturous hill — long and steep — right near the end. I’ve never been able to run up the entire way until this week. *Fist Pump*
I’ve been consistently training, especially for the last 2 months — 5-6 times every week (Group PT sessions and running). I’m feeling ready to do this cycle.
This post is all over the place — I’m weary — but I’m packed! I can’t wait to share more from Laos next week. Watch out for me. I’m the girl with 150 toothbrushes.