The kids and I won't be in Boston until the middle of next month. Zach and I spoke of a possible visit to LA in between to ease the separation anxiety that we are all feeling. But with airline tickets sky high and mortgage, etc. etc., it just wouldn't be something we could afford. This was disappointing. So instead I just prepared myself mentally for another three weeks, thats all.
Friday night I called Zach at about 10pm Boston time and his phone went straight to voicemail. I assumed he was either out with friends or asleep. I stayed up late watching a movie and was preparing to go to sleep when he calls. It was 1am LA time and 4am Boston time. He doesn't typically stay out that late so I was a little worried. He sounded cheerful on the phone and asked me about my day. I asked him what he'd been doing, he said "seeing the sights". This sounded odd but I was too tired to ask any more questions. Then he says, " Can you go open the front door?" I stay silent thinking he is talking to someone outside his hotel or something. He asks again and again. "Are you talking to me?" I say. I go to the front door. I see a van outside with it's lights on and engine running and Zach through the window!
"Are you here?!" I couldn't believe it. I opened the door and embraced my dream come true. It literally felt like I was dreaming at that hour.
We spent the weekend in familial bliss. The kids were so excited to be with him. They played, chatted, shared, and laughed. It was the perfect present he could have given us, the perfect surprise that none of us expected. He's kind of awesome like that.
Now feeling recharged and filled up with love, we will get through the next 3 weeks. I'll be packing, making lists, preparing myself and the kids for the adventures ahead. A week in Oregon and then Boston (Marblehead to be exact).
We drove Zach to the airport last night, he took the redeye back to Boston. Upon landing this morning with maybe 2 hours of sleep on the plane, he took a bus to the hotel, dropped his bag inside, then headed straight in to work! I'm not sure how he did it, but he did. What I do know, as with most things that my crazy, sweet, and big hearted husband does...he did it for his family.
We love you, Zach! PAPA!