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Unexpected Feelings ~ A Note from Katy

By: Katy Agro Myers

Last weekend, we packed up our family and headed to Myrtle Beach for a soccer tournament. It was the first time in three years that we had been on a plane.

We LOVE to travel. Before kids, my husband and I traveled a ton. Europe, Mexico, Jamaica, and within the United States, we were constantly on the go. Kids didn't really slow us down. By the time the twins were 4, they had been to Mexico twice, Florida, and more. #HaveKidsWillTravel

Covid derailed so many plans. We were planning to head to California summer of 2020 to visit family, but we ended up canceling. As the months of the pandemic dragged on, I became more and more anxious about air travel. I wasn't really afraid of getting covid, I was more afraid of being stuck somewhere because of closures. When my husband asked me to go on business trips with him, all I could think was that we wouldn't be able to get back to our babies.

In my head, this felt like a silly fear. Surely, we'd be able to get home. Heck, we could drive if we needed to do so. But in my heart, the fear and anxiety would take over and I just couldn't get past it.

My husband booked the tickets to Myrtle Beach in December. I was skeptical leading up to the trip. So many flights have been canceled lately, I just knew we would end up driving. Last Thursday morning came. I wasn't sure we had everything we needed, but we got up early and headed to the airport. Everyone was excited (and maybe a little worked up). We parked, took the shuttle, and suddenly we were standing outside those automatic doors.

Through the doors we went. Rob and two of our kids headed straight for the check-in line. I came through the doors with Avery in tow, and it took my breath away. My heart was in my throat and I instantly had tears in my eyes. In the moment I was trying to process what was happening. Was I scared? Relieved? Happy? Anxious? 🤷‍♀️

Before I knew it, Rob and the kids were 20 people ahead of us in line and I had to grab Avery and try to catch up. I didn't have time to really understand what I was feeling. If I had to guess, ALL of those feelings. I was really just surprised to feel all of them. Shocked!

By the time we were boarding, I was definitely excited. It felt like I was returning to something I love - and we all were. Just look at these smiles.

Our flights were perfect. We had a great trip, and I'm already looking forward to the next. Sometimes, we are surprised by the flood of emotion. But after the last few years, well I'm ready for some new feelings. I'm ready to embrace it. I hope you are too.



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