We made it. We left Maggie for five days and the sky did not fall!
Lots to report but there's a certain someone who would is a leetle bit in need of some attention from her mother at the moment. She is not particularly happy with us, as you might imagine.
Wait until she realizes that I have now figured out that even though traveling is a ridiculous amount of work and requires organization weeks in advance, it is not impossible.
Maggie really does love New York, but does NOT love her parents being THERE while she is HERE.