Thursday, January 24, 2013
I was up before 5AM yesterday as I had a flight to catch for a business trip. I tiptoed down to the kitchen to have a quick bite to eat before heading out. Apparently, I wasn’t as quiet as I was trying to be. Kai came out of his bedroom and out into the hallway. Lately, he has resumed his old ways of waking up in the middle of the night, so it wasn’t too much of a surprise that he would be awake now. “Hello, Kai,” I said. “Hi Dad,” he said cheerfully. He was wide awake. “I wanted to wish you a good trip before you left.” I went over and gave him a big hug, and told him I loved him. And then I sent him back to bed. Several minutes later, just as I was ready to depart, he came out again. “Goodbye, Dad.” I encouraged him to have another good day at school, and said goodbye. And then I sent him back to bed and told him to not wake Mom up until it was time to get up. My day was very busy, but I made it back to my hotel room just at Kai’s bedtime, and initiated a Skype call. This is my second business trip since I started this job. On my first trip, I stayed at a hotel that had a lot of fancy features in the room that I was able to show my family over Skype. Kai wanted to see what kind of room I had this time. I showed him that it was just a regular room.