Braai Boy has been to some really very interesting places since we have been married. Me? Not so much. I do not count the Worlds Food section in Tesco as seeing the world and I definitely do not think that suburbia can be classed as interesting.
As you may have gathered Braai Boy has travelled a fair bit for work. He does get the occasional night or weekend off when he is working away. Over the years he’s had fresh seafood in California, hot wings in Texas, cold beers in Chamonix and drank wine in a marina somewhere or other, I chose to forget where as it looked amazing and I was jealous. I could go on but I will just get very jealous then be a right cow to him when he walks through the door tonight.
We always have the same ‘discussion’ about when he goes out when he is away for work. I say that it must be fun to go to see all these places and experience different things. I then get told, it is work Charlie, so it is not time off and it is not fun time, it is work. Oh I’m sorry, is it relaxing? Has someone else cooked for you? Have you had to do the dishes? More importantly have you just had to chase a naked Wee Man round the house to get him into the bath then spend the best part of 2 hours trying to get Miss Sassy to go to sleep (she is up and down like a bloody jack in the box, sore finger, spiky hips, pins and needles in her tummy and so on, you could write a book about her night-time ailments). No, you have not! So it may be work but I think it is slightly more relaxing that my evenings can be.
Ah, but when I am away in a bar with an ice cold beer or eating delicious food we talk about work, so it’s really like being at work. Is it? Is it really? I don’t see a marina outside the Mess here, and I definitely don’t see a bar in your office. And whilst you are enjoying your ice cold beer in a bar surrounded by adults talking about adult stuff, albeit work, the kids and I are discussing Paw Patrols and LOLs.
And while we’re at it have you had to do any cleaning whilst you have been away for work? No? Can we talk about the sh*t tip that is the house at the end of the day because the kids think that chucking glitter over all the toy cars is a great idea, Look Mama we’re washing the cars………..deep breath, walk out the room and go and make a cuppa.
Then we get on to the actual travel element of his work trips. Travelling to these places is so tiring, the early starts, the long journeys and the lack of sleep. No wait. Early starts you say? Yep I hear you, Wee Man stumbles through to our room most days at 0500, Miss Sassy is frequently awake through the night with bad dreams or random questions. Early starts you say? Broken sleep? Yup happens at home too. Not being funny I would take an early morning plane ride to anywhere if it meant I got to watch a movie without interruption and not have to google the answers to Miss Sassys many questions. Last night was evolution…….Alexaaaaaaaa???
Don’t get me wrong, I know when he goes away it is work, and it is long hours and it is tough being away from the family but surely there must be some fun? I know he thinks about us when he is away because he brings home a fridge magnet after every trip. How thoughtful of him, every time I go to get the milk I see all these places I have never visited taunting me from the fridge door, oh well maybe one day.