Three weeks from now, at this moment in time, the artist reception will be over. The art will begin its two-week journey on the wall, and the Teens and I will be starting the edu-vacation portion of the trip.

While the itinerary is full, I think I’ll finally exhale when I settle in for the night.

We have about 30% mapped out; mostly excursions that if you snooze, you lose, but the rest of the time we’ll go with the flow. We’ll head over to the British Museum and have lunch at one of my favorite pancake places. We’ll see the city from the underground to the London Eye. We’ll hit the touristy places like Harrods, but also some of the local gems.

I’m looking forward to showing them my history; where I went to school and the theater where I performed during the Edinburgh Fringe.

We’re also going to Teen Stuff, like game shops and wild mini-golf along the way.

But you know what? I’ve been so focused on THEM, trying to anticipate what THEY are going to like. The only “me time” I’ve thought about has been the art show.

I forgot one important thing. Once it’s launched, it’s time to put all of that aside and give this “trip of a lifetime” to myself as well. After all, this is my dream come true. I owe it to myself to take it all in.

I bought a new phone, since mine was on its way out. I’m also taking an online course in getting the best photos from your smartphone. I really want to capture these moments at their finest.

I also warned the Teen that he’s going to be in photos whether he likes it or not. He’s rejected any attempts in the last few years, and I feel the loss of that time. I don’t expect smiles, but I’m getting something!

I also plan to bring a sketchbook and take some time to draw. They’re bringing their laptops and Teen wants to bring his VR, so we can take breaks along the way. A virtual nanny is fine with me, as long as I take the moment to take in the moment.

After two years of lockdown and years of working at home alone, this trip is more than just an opportunity to get out of the house and show my art. It’s a chance to show myself what Life is all about.



I couldn’t do this without you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m still offering products and portraits to those who want to come along on this journey. Donate here: or Venmo @StuRosenArt. Every bit helps.

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