It's nothing new. After all, we've been living with this arrangement for 3 years now. But it never seems to get any easier.
I'm talking about being a "single" mother. Not in the typical sense (Mike and I are still going strong after nearly 16 yrs of marriage), but rather while Mike is away from home during the work week.
For those of you who don't know, three years ago Mike was at the brink of exhaustion from working 7 days a week and being on call 24/7. It was not a good situation for him. Or for me and the kids. When he was offered a new position (albeit one that required a lot of weekday travel) it seemed like a good thing. After all, the kids rarely got to see him since he got home after bedtime and with this new job they'd at least seem him on weekends. It was not perfect, but it was an improvement.
Since it was a position that did require travel, we made the difficult decision to keep our family based in NE Ohio (it was closer to family, the school system is excellent and we have a wonderful support system already established). And since then, I've been a "single" mom during the week.
I've become very adept at managing things while he's away. But with Mike on a two-week trip to India, the responsibility is even more intensified.
With a 9.5 hour time difference, communication is going to be pretty limited. That's the worst part. Mike can always calm me down when the kids are being particularly challenging or reassures me that I'm doing a good job. I'll miss that while he's gone. He is my partner, and I rely on him immensely.
Usually, Friday nights are my favorite. Now, I'm looking forward to Mike's Tuesday night return. Tick. Tick. Tick. The time can't come fast enough.