My wife and I are heading to Chicago on Thursday for several days of friends, family and freezing temperatures. Travels always reminds me of a family tradition. Whenever my mother was traveling more than 50 miles from home she would gather all of the kids around the kitchen table and tell us what to do and who got what in the event she didn’t come back. This gave me terrible separation anxiety because I associated being away from my mother overnight with a strong possibility of her dying but it also led to discussions like this.
So, any questions about what do do if I don’t come back?
– Yes, can we get a dog?
-But you said we could have a dog over your dead body.
No, you won’t take care of it and I’ll have to walk it.
-But you’ll be dead.
Don’t be a smart ass.
Sadly we did not get a dog. On the bright side my mom survived all of her weekend trips. However, thanks to these pre travel discussions I’ve never left the house for more than 48 hours without first making sure my estate was in order. Do you have any idea what a pain in the ass it is to have to write my last will and testament every time I want to take a weekend trip?
Since I’ve got lots to do before leaving I’m just going to take this trip without consulting an attorney. Hopefully everything will be fine.