Looking back, I wish I had majored in Business Logistics. It appears that such a degree would highly benefit me at the moment.
The last few days have been packed with numerous logistical concerns; concerns about how to balance the life of a field hockey athlete with a team in San Diego and the responsibilities of motherhood with a family in Ohio. I would be lying if I said that my anxiety is not raised by merely typing such a sentence.
As my heart begins to pound harder, I remind myself that “where there is a will, there is a way.” At least, I will try to prove that old statement true.
Now, back to focusing on “the way.”
There are two solid facts that will not change in this equation. First, if I want to play, I have to dedicate myself to full-time residency in San Diego. Secondly, I have to see my kids. I struggle being away from them for two week and two months is simply not an option.
Many people tell me that they are too young to remember much. But, the reality is that I will remember and I will certainly not enjoy this process without them in my life. And, after all, it’s all about the process, right?
So many people have asked me how this will all work. The truth is, I am not 100% sure yet, but I will give you an inside look on some possible options.
First, I need to find a home in San Diego. Some place that I can unpack my bags and more importantly, allow my children to comfortably sleep at night. This is a short-term stay and I would prefer not to purchase new furniture for a five-month visit? So, my apartment criteria is; “furnished, short term.” Needless to say, this severely narrows my options.
Secondly, who is going to watch the kids while I am training all day? This factor has yet to be solidified. I have some wonderful options and need to get commitment from all parties involved. With a small budget, I am not able to hire someone full-time, but I am extremely lucky to have people in my life that are willing to help. All I can do is cross my figures that it all works out.
Thirdly, the flight arrangements need to be planned and orchestrated. This piece of the puzzle is more difficult. The boys will not be here all the time, so who is going to bring them west and who will fly them back east.
I am so grateful for a supportive and loving husband and amazing parents. Both parties are willing to do all they can to help put this puzzle together and I can assure you that I will add to their frequent flier miles over the next few months.
My Mom wants to fly out here and get the boys settled. My husband will have to fly back out and transport them east when necessary. And, so the story goes!!
And finally, I must ship the car…and don’t forget the car seats. I never thought I would say this, but I actually miss buckling the boys in their Peg Pergo seats right now.
So, there you have it. I brief glimpse into the logistical puzzle that has yet to be completely marshaled. I will keep you posted as all the pieces unravel and I certainly hope that you enjoy this crazy ride with me.
Keli Smith Puzo is a two-time Olympic Field Hockey player, Wife to Inako Puzo, head coach at Miami University, Mother of two young boys and your everyday kind of gal trying to keep it all together.