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Saturday, May 14, 2011

And this is what I'll miss

Did you know that Jude's going to Italy this summer? Did I forget to mention that? Yeah, I don't really like to talk about it (or in this case write about it) because it's a reality that I'm not sure I'm ready for...

He leaves in a week and will be gone for 5 1/2 weeks. Yuck.

He's teaching a summer course there and while he's gone I'll divide his trip in three by trying to stay in Starkville for a while, Sulphur for a while, and New Iberia for a while. But, he sure is gonna be gone a while...

And even though I'm so excited that he accepted the opportunity, (which was hard because he knew we wouldn't be able to pay for me to go along because a house, who's address shall remain nameless, still has a For Sale sign chillin' in the front yard...), and even though I know that I'll have awesome help from my parents, my in-laws, and my friends, I'm going to miss him. That word miss seems a bit lacking.

But I'll miss his affection, his help, and his humor.
I'll miss my husband, the father of my children, and best friend.
(And I'll miss the camera, too, but on a much lesser scale)

I mean, watch this video. Wouldn't you miss this if it was yours?

I'm thinking about getting thirty-nine 5 Hour Energy drinks, one for each day that he's gone, just so I can "do this."

And so now you know he's leaving. I'll try my hardest over the next month and a half to not whine, complain, or vent too much. Key words: try, and too much...


Kaitlin @ More Like Mary said...

39-your own Lent in the middle of the summer! Will offering it up make it any better???

No? I didn't think so.

Jude and Alisha said...

Actually my plan during that time was to do exactly that - offering it up for every single parent, part-time or full-time.

And I'll be keeping these different circumstances in mind as I offer it up, because I know that I'd always choose my 39 day single parent time over any of these:

Death of a spouse
Emotionally distant parent
Those physically away at war or work
Parents with long working shifts like firefighters or hospital staff
Grandparents or extended family who are the full-time caretakers
Single parents from unwed pregnancies or rape

But if you can think of any other circumstances that might create a single parent home, let me know so I can add it to the list.