Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My month of Sundays

Mr. Wumpus is working. A lot. Long hours, early mornings, weekends, you know, all the time. His schedule is about to get even busier. My maternity leave also ends in, oh, six and a half weeks. And so, I'm heading back west for a month, for one last kick at the can; to relax, to ride, to visit family and friends. We're not just going back to Manitoba either, we're going even further B.C. Chou has a grandma, step grandpa and three aunts she's never met, and I've got a good friend with not one, but two babies I've never met, aged two and two months. It's a trip to see them all, to meet, to catch up.

I'm excited to go, but a big part of me also feels like I should be committed to my life here, in l'Otterwah. It's my home now. I have friends and routines, running routes and at least a bit of a social life. And I have a new barn, I think. More importantly, leaving the husband for a month, of not having his support and not watching him and Chou together makes me sad and I wonder if it's the right thing to do.

But then I think of everyone I want to see, those who want to see Chou. I think of the year ahead with no holidays and an ever-more active wee baby, and I know we won't be going west for a long time. There won't be such an option for a very long time, in fact.

And so I start to plan my month of visiting, catching up, fun runs, family dinners, a sleigh ride, lunches, coffee and just general spending time. All that's left after that is cramming as much husband time as I can into the next three weeks...if he'd just stay home long enough.


Farmer Flinta said...

I know what it's like to have a husband that works all the time. Remember when mine used to work in Siberia? Glad that's over. JR still works most weekends, but since we started renovating, he's been home more to work instead, which means I have to as well. Maybe MR. W needs a project at home? It seems to work for JR.

Jennifer P said...

Siberia? Wow. Work widows unite!

Can't wait to see you and Chou? Got your red underpants for the fun run ready?