I do not have to travel often for work, but from time to time I do. Typically when I travel I try to bring my wife and/or son with me depending on the situation. If I am going to travel, I much prefer doing so with my wife and son. They get to take a trip (when it is somewhere worthwhile) and I get to have them with me at the end of the day when my meetings or work is over for the day.
While there is certainly something to be said for not waking up to a screaming child or dog that needs to go out, it is also something I miss (I know, I know). We work hard to build a life and we want to be a part of it. There are mornings when I wake up and hope it was a bad dream. But once I get through that initial fog and annoyance at being awake so early, seeing our son's smile makes that all go away. It is really just not fair - how he can smile at us and we
I make a tremendous effort to be there with my son. I do not want to miss a thing - not a new word, not a new thing he can do, nothing. Being away on business trips make that difficult. But coming home makes up for it all. I get hugs, kisses, and smiles. And my son greets me as well...