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December 8th, 2011 at 06:04 am

DH met today with his contracting agency. I think they're afraid they'll lose him to another agency, so it appears that they'll pay him through January. That's great news--but they want him to take long-term travel assignments after that. He told them he needs to work locally. Maybe I'm stupid, but I just can't see it working for us if he's gone for weeks at a time. I'm not sure I could swing the single-parent routine. Several of my friends are trying it now with their husbands working hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away. They've shown me how hard it is, DH is not good by himself, and it would really disrupt our current before-school and evening-class routine. Maybe I'll feel differently if no work appears. I hope we don't have to think seriously about that. Sigh.

5 Responses to “Some Limited Good News”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    I would love to take long-term assignments in my home country and abroad, but I don't trust my husband to do much more than what he already does as a work-at-home dd.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    It can be very lonely for the one who travels away. My husband is experiencing that, although he's getting used to it, too.

    Best wishes in making a decision.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    I know lots of people who do it and make it work, but I personally would not do that unless I was desperate. I would be grateful for the option, but would put that on the back burner and hope it wouldn't come to that.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    What lovely thoughtful women you all are. I'm better alone than DH, but alone is not the same as alone with child--right CCF?

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think a marriage has to be rock solid for one spouse to be away so much of the time. And even if it is, it will be difficult all around, but especially on the children. In this day and age of instant messaging and texting and free long-distance and skype, it is easier, but it is definitely not the same as having two parents in the household. Still, it can be done. We've been doing it for sixteen years. One does what one must.

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