A new chapter
For the past several weeks, I’ve been mulling over whether or not to write about this… even how to approach it. We’ve started a new chapter in our home, somewhat by force.
For the past four years, my husband has worked from 11 am to 8 pm daily. I go to work at 10 pm and sleep during the day. This schedule has allowed us to not need childcare for Kathryn for nearly two years. For that, we’re grateful. But, at the same time, it has disallowed George and I to spend any time together. Our conversations have been on the run as I’m leaving for work or over the phone during his lunch break. Unfortunately, our relationship suffered from it. It’s very difficult to communicate effectively in snippets, especially for as long as we had to.
All that changed, however, on June 1 at 1:30 pm when George called me to tell me it was over. Four years of never seeing him was over. He came home from work without his badge that let him into the doors of his office for the past four years. He did come home, however, with all of his desk items.
A new chapter was beginning.
Though the circumstances weren’t ideal, it’s simply what happened. I couldn’t chastise him for losing his job because I’ve been let go before, too. Instead, I made the choice to be as supportive as I could. I told him we had enough saved to get us through a few months, and we do, as my paycheck alone won’t pay all the bills.
I’ve been as helpful as I can as he starts to pursue one of his dreams while at the same time, attempting to find new employment. I’ve also been doing little things that have earned us a dollar or two.
On the plus side, his new-found unemployment has availed us to extend our upcoming vacation by two days, during which time we plan to do our own thing by ourselves. I now have someone to help keep the wee-one quiet while I catch some sleep. It’s also been nice to be able to get a few more things done during the daytime hours as it’s always difficult to explain why it’s hard for me to accomplish certain tasks during “Business hours”. Now, George can.
And so, here’s to new chapters, new adventures and hopefully, a new happiness.