Thursday, March 12, 2009

A few days away

Dan and I went to a writing conference in Louisiana this past weekend--well, I went to the conference and he took me. He is, and always has been, so supportive of my writing. And he does enjoy being on the sidelines at conferences. Many of my friends spot him before they do me. He was impressed with his first one because he says there aren't many professions where people go out of their way to help their competition. :)  He lets me do whatever I need to and he finds things to do on his own, but is always there for me. 

And I love having him with me. Conferences are always busy times for me, seeing old friends, meeting new ones and learning all kinds of things. They can also be exciting, stressful and very tiring--all at the same time. But it's just a good feeling to know he's there and to be able to talk to him about what is happening at the end of the day.  It is also a time for us to have some time for ourselves. We went to dinner together one night and that was a nice break. The drive there and back gives us that special time to talk about the things we don't always get around to talking about at home, and we come home feeling a little closer for getting away--and I appreciate him even more for being so supportive.

For those of you who've thought about taking your husband with you to conferences, I'd say try it at least once. It can be a really special time for both of you. He'll come home with a better understanding of just what it is you do at them and you'll come home loving him for just being there for you.


  1. Ya know Janet, when I mentioned nationals this year my hubby immediately went into planning mode on how we could get Grandma & Grandpa to watch the kids so he could tag along! Normally I like having my "girl time" at these events but this year I might just bring my Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome with me!!! Hey! He'd at least have Dan to talk to! :O) - Amy

  2. This is a great idea... At the last conference I was at, the main speaker had her husband with her. He provided moral support and helped manage her book sales. It was really neat to meet her "other half." I think you're right, that this would be a great way to give our hubbies a glimpse into the writer's life.

  3. I think you should bring them to National--and Dan is always glad to have another man to talk to. Seriously, I think you'd really enjoy it! :)