Who knew that saying "yes" to arranging for two 17 year old French girls to go to the States this summer would throw me right back into that chaotic world of tour operators that I miss and love so much?
Only difference is, booking trips for strangers can give you a little protection, a healthy distance, an anonymity that keeps the stress from spilling over into your head and thus becoming insomnia.
Arranging trips for daughters of friends is enough to drive you to drink on a daily basis. Add in the fact that the girls are going to stay with your family for an extended period of time, it's enough to drive you to drink in your nightmares.
Which I did last night, worrying over every little detail.
Why did I say yes to arranging this?!?
What if my nieces don't like the French Filles?!?
How will I ever pay my sister back for all her help with French Fille #1?!?
Why is French Fille #1 staying so long?!?
This means French Fille #2 can't stay with the same sister?!?
Where on earth am I going to find a second host family for French Fille #2?!?
Does this means I've got to look after French Fille #1 and #2 when I'm in the states!?! I get rid of my kids only to have to look after two others. And teenagers to boot. What am I, nuts?
Give me an office with a desk, names on paper, hotels in unseen cities, and voices on the other end of the phone. I want to hide! I want to hide!