Pretty isn't it?
I am in a similar situation with family and responsiblities. I don't feel I am even close to in the ball park with the other person, but still. It's hard and often stressful. So... I called my OTHER sibling and left the follow message:
"Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I'm going out of town, well state actually for a few days. The folks seem to be fine, but if they need something, I'll need you for back up. Thanks, Love ya Bye."
And is anyone reading this message surprised that I got a phone call this morning? "Where ya going? What are you doing? How long will you be gone? I don't think you are allowed to leave the state... (said jokingly)" To which I replied, "And this is why I waited till the last minute to tell ANYONE I was going." "Just, please, play back up and I'll be home on Monday."
So... drum roll, please..... The Man and I are going away just the two of us for 4 count them 4 glorious days.