The Long Distance Family Experience
I have decided to start a weekly post of my family’s experience of having a long-distance relationship with my husband who is currently a well-site geologist. I am doing this partly as a way to share with others in a similar situation and also to express my feelings with friends, family, and everyone else who might be wondering how and why we do what we do.
This week my husband went back out in the field as a well-site geologist. We have lived this lifestyle before, but it has been a while. Luckily, it is only a short stint this time, and he will be back home later today for a few days before heading back to the field for a while. In short, it has been a long week, and he has been gone only a few days.
In addition to the kids taking their aggression out on me about their daddy’s departure, I am trying to put the house in order for when our new exchange student arrives and also clean up from last weekend’s roof leaking disaster. You are probably asking yourself why I would be taking in an exchange student with everything that is going on here. The answer is pretty simple. My family loves hosting, and it gives me someone of a bit more maturity to keep me company. This year, we are hosting a girl from Poland.
It has been pretty lonely here. I have been busy, and a lot of my friends are getting their children ready to go back to school. My husband is working at night, 12 hours on and 12 hours off, so I don’t get to talk to him much. Needless to say, I do feel a bit overwhelmed right now.
I think the worst part is the children’s feelings right now. I understand their frustration and everything, but it is getting increasingly hard to be patient and stay calm when they are constantly lashing out at me. I have been trying to keep them busy. Eventually, we will find our groove, but right now, the house feels like a battlefield.
I think things will be better once the house gets put back in order, and we have a daily routine established again. Hopefully, that will all happen soon.
That is pretty much life here right now. If any of my readers have a husband who is deployed, working in the oilfield, or is traveling for long periods of time for business and wants to share their experiences, please feel free to share in the comments below or contact me about writing a guest post.