…seeing my mother in South Africa
…seeing my brother in South Africa
…seeing South Africa
…going on the maiden non-stop New York-Johannesburg flight (no really, no refuelling stops in Dakar)
…spending the 17+ airborne hours not in a state of constant preparedness for the 3 foot plus, 32 pound person in the car seat next to me to make his next demand
…being able to watch a movie of recent vintage (anything in the last 2.5 years)
…getting a full night’s sleep (not up ’till all hours working on emergency preparedness)
…but I am not looking forward to spending 10 days away from that 3ft plus, 32-pound bundle of love.