Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a mushy post about how much I missed my husband Dave when he was away in New Zealand for 10 days recently.
I won’t warble on about how I felt like part of me was missing and I often walked around the house like a lost puppy.
The truth is the girls and I did incredibly well while he was away. The girls behaved themselves (for the most part) and I had our household running like a well-oiled machine. There were however a number of things I REALLY missed about Dave – who knew this guy was so darn useful?
- Stacking the dishwasher
When it comes to stacking the dishwasher, Dave has mad skills. His unique ability to strategically place all plates, bowls and mugs in the dishwasher, ensuring each of them gets a thorough clean, never ceases to amaze me. Since Dave’s been gone, the dishwasher has been nothing short of a shit fight. Plates are coming out half washed and the kids are complaining about Weet Bix encrusted on their breakfast bowls. I’ve taken to washing certain items by hand. This is obviously not a great long-term solution.
- Watering the plants
It turns out you need to water plants to keep them alive. Crazy, huh?! Dave’s mum nearly keeled over when she saw one of our indoor plants the other day. The poor thing looked miserable with droopy, limp leaves and many of them burnt and dried out. Thank God we’ve had a few rain showers to keep Dave’s outdoor plants alive – I do vaguely remember him telling me to water them, or something …
- Helping me not go insane
I had the Octonauts theme song in my head for an entire day last week. With me not working in an office at the moment and Dave away, my adult interaction has been severely limited. My two best friends are six and three and our conversations centre around food, bodily functions and who would win a fight out of Super Elsa and Super Barbie. If it weren’t for the opportunity to have adult interaction with the lovely mums I chat to at school drop off and pick up, there’s a high chance Dave could come home to me singing, ‘Creature report! Creature report!’
- Protecting me from alien abduction
I can’t watch Stranger Things while Dave is away. Fact. I attempted it once, which only resulted in me taking several hours to fall asleep after checking a million times that all windows and doors were locked. I couldn’t even sleep with the light on for fear that I’d be abducted into the Upside Down via the light source.
- Fitting the bikes in the boot
Again with the spatial awareness. Squeezing the kids’ bikes into the boot of our tiny car is an art form. An art form Dave excels at, but one that I am yet to master. I’ve resorted to placing one bike in the boot and another in the passenger seat. Again, not an ideal solution.
- Helping with swimming lessons
The last two Saturdays I’ve been involved in public humiliation as I attempt to get Miss Three into the pool for her swimming lesson. Most of the lesson is filled with me standing on the pool’s edge bribing, begging and blackmailing her to get in. Once she gets in, she has the time of her life, it’s just a power play – the little ratbag ;). All Dave has to do is give her ‘the look’ and she hops straight in. I can’t wait to hand over the reins on this one next Saturday.
- Providing hilarious commentary on The Bachelor
Let’s face it, Richie is not the most interesting Bachelor we’ve seen. Watching it without Dave’s sarcastic comments and jibes is a total snooze fest. Rosie Waterland has nothing on Dave Wilson. Thank God, he’ll be here for the final rose ceremony.
Welcome back, Dave – we’re soooooo happy you’re home.
What do you miss about your partner when he/she is away? What do they miss about you?
Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.