This time of the summer, Ben works six days a week from about 6:30 to 6:00. He is the manager at a whitewater rafting company and deals with all manner of fun stuff: happy guests, angry guests (seriously, if you can’t be happy on vacation, you’re just not happy), big groups, exclusive groups, and plenty of business-related hangups. He works very hard so that I don’t have to go back to teaching anytime soon, and I appreciate it so much. That’s not to say that I don’t also sometimes act the martyr and whine about all the long hours he’s putting in and how exhausted I am at the end of taking care of the little one for 12 straight hours. I do. I try not to, but I do. I have to remind myself that things will slow down in the fall and he’ll get his two days a week back and we’ll see more of him.
But right now, we miss him.
So, once a week we take time to make time to go up to see him. Sometimes we have lunch, sometimes we just go for a walk, and sometimes we eat at the restaurant next door. No matter what, it’s nice for Blaine to see him during daylight hours, and I love getting out of the house for a change. Blaine has plenty of admirers up there, too, so it’s good for him to be exposed to new people and new faces. (He’s been a bit clingy lately.)
Plus, it gives me a good excuse to take a shower, do my hair, and put on something besides a tank top and my trusty lycra skirt.