I know we partnered parents say it every time one of the partnership is away, so it feels very trite to say it here. But I do wonder. I really do.
How in the world do single parents do it? Day in and day out, the thin parental line is kept in place by just one adult. How?
Pete has taken on a project which has him essentially gone all week. This past week, he left Tuesday with the intention of coming home Saturday afternoon and then going back again Tuesday morning. He called yesterday to say he would have to go back up Sunday rather than Tuesday. That's just the nature of the game he's in. Add in a plane delay getting back yesterday, and we end up blessed with his presence for about 18 hours.
[And, no, he didn't come home just to refill his prescription drugs. But thanks for thinking that. Oh, wait, I'm the one who teased him about that. Carry on.]
It is Youngest who misses him the most, and that yearning for his dad ultimately wears on him until the point that his mother screams, "Stop being a freakin' asshole" and sends him to his room. For the first of several times yesterday. [And might I just add that his time imprisoned in his room was blessedly peaceful for his mother?]
Eldest has stepped up to the plate. God bless 14 year-old first-born sons. He is solicitous. He does things for me unasked. He stays upstairs with the rest of us abandoned souls at night, watching movies and playing games. He even puts up with Youngest for extended periods of time.
This week is Ski Week. The kids are out of school all week long. Let me repeat that. The kids are out of school all week long.
It is also the week my ginormous project wraps up, culminating in a pow-wow with the state next Tuesday. I have about 60 hours of work to do in preparation: cleaning data, tracking down inconsistencies, writing up the technical summary, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
Did I mention the kids are out of school all week long?
I guess it's a blessing that I wake up so damn early in the morning. I get a good two or three hours of work in before anyone else arises. Let's hear it for whatever ails me!