Recently I’ve been wondering if Mr Wallace has swapped his office job for a role as a travelling salesman. He’s been jetting around the country for work, leaving me to kid wrangle. I bitch and moan about it, partly because it’s hard work when he’s away but mostly because I am jealous. How amazing would it be to sit on an aeroplane, all by yourself, for a couple of hours? Call an entire hotel room your own? Bliss! I kind of begrudge Mr Wallace’s travel because I’ve never been able to jet off in the same way he does. He can’t really comprehend how tough it is parenting three small boys on your own. Bedtime is especially relentless. Looking on the bright side, here are ten reasons why having a travelling husband is not all bad.
1. You can cook whatever you fancy
Mr Wallace doesn’t like mushrooms. I love them. When he’s away mushrooms are back on the menu!
2. There are no whiskers in the sink
There’s no man shaving in the morning. It’s fabulous to clean your teeth without having to simultaneously wash whiskers down the sink. Strangely this might be my favourite reason why a travelling husband is not all bad! Argh whiskers.
3. There are no shoes littering the floor
Mr Wallace often wears big, heavy boots to work. He tends to take them off in a different place each night. That’s where they stay. Less tripping hazards around the house makes me happy!
4. The surfaces stay clear
Mr Wallace has a habit of emptying the contents of his pockets on to his bedside table or the chest of drawers. While he’s away there’s no mentos wrappers, receipts, plane tickets or other scribbled notes randomly discarded about the house.
5. The kitchen is cleaner
Basically I cook dinner and Mr Wallace cleans the kitchen. When he’s away, I do both. The difference is, I clean the kitchen at night in one foul swoop. Mr Wallace tends to do it in patches, so there’s rarely a time when it’s all clean. I’m grateful he takes charge of the kitchen, but it’s fair to say I prefer my approach!
6. You can watch what you like on TV
ABC (not the kids version) is our channel of choice, so much so that I don’t even know what night The Bachelor is on TV. But when Mr Wallace is away, I surf the channels and occasionally I settle on something more low-brow than our usual viewing.
7. You can go to bed when you like
I’m a bit of an night owl but when Mr Wallace goes to bed (never before 10pm), I feel obliged to follow him. When he’s away I just go to bed whenever I fancy, usually late!
8. You get the whole bed to yourself
When you do trot off to bed, the whole bed is yours! No one snoring next to you, no one hogging the blankets. What’s not to love?
9. You make the rules and you stick to them
It seems our boys are somewhat more manageable when there is one parent. Maybe it’s because there’s no automatic appeal process to the other parent. Either way, when Mr Wallace is away I set the rules and we all stick to them.
10. Distance makes the heart grow fonder
By the time Mr Wallace returns I am very keen to have another adult to help with the boys. I can shower for more than 30 seconds. Of course, it’s alway fabulous to have him home. Every now and then he brings me back a present, last week it was a complimentary nail file from the conference. Lucky me!
That’s my 10 reasons why having a travelling husband is not all bad. Maybe I’m grasping at straws but you’ve got to focus on the positives! I honestly don’t know how FIFO or Defence families do it. What do you think, a travelling husband is not all bad or downright awful? What’s your favourite thing about your significant other travelling?