Gone to Texas

6 Jul

I’m a free man (for all of two weeks)! My wife and kids (and one cat) are going off to Texas. Now before all those panicked folks chime in, my wife is going to help her mom out of a rehab hospital that has staff members with COVID. So before my “I’m living off 60% oxygen” mother gets infected with a respiratory disease, they’re getting her out. It’s the Great Escape, except with grandmas instead of Steve McQueen.

Which leads to me getting the house to myself for a while, which is something I’ve seriously missed. Before the *#$&$ virus, I worked from home, which means I would go out to the cafe in the early morning, come back home when the wife and kids took off for school, and not see them again until I picked up the kids at 3 pm. So now I’ve had them all in the same house, all the #$*$#&$ time, for four months straight. My wife doesn’t like to get out unless she has someone to hang out with, so that’s been right. Almost all of my kids’ friends are scared *##$&$@ to meet anyone, so they can’t get out either.

The only saving grace has been Panera Bread, which sounds strange, but once things opened up it has been the only place my teenage son can easily bike to. It also doesn’t cost much to sit there for a couple hours, so he’s been happy to get out and hang there out of the house. My daughter has been in summer school / camp (it’s a camp held by her school) until recently and miserable that she doesn’t get to stay home with her brother.

Well, the kids are thrilled, because they get to hang out with their cousins (that they rarely see – but damn, it’s other kids to play with!), in a big house (because everything’s bigger in Texas), and my wife gets to bore the #*($ out of her sisters with her politics, what the orange man is doing now, and whatever the #*$&# she feels is so damned important.

Whew… I really needed this break!

So at what point in the marriage do you think you need to get away from your spouse for a while? In my case, two years, but having my first kid does tend to complicate things. Put your answer in the comments below!

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