ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER
The Husband is away.
His father died suddenly at the weekend and The Husband has gone home to support his family. I want to do something to ease his grief but what can possibly offer any solace? I am here on my own with the children trying to look capable and keep the home fires burning...
There is nobody here stressing about whether the crockery has been put away properly or the laundry folded.
There's nobody moaning about the cold cups of tea I have left on my bedside table or the mountain of clothes I have discarded on the bedroom floor.
There's nobody telling me my skirts are too long or raising an eyebrow because I've bought another antique plate that won't go in the dishwasher.
There's nobody chuckling because I put my purse away in the fridge or telling me off because I stayed up late reading.
There's nobody leaving their stinky shoes by the back door or spouting off about the evils of the internet.
There's nobody huffing because the children are noisy or asking pointedly how many words I've written today.
There's nobody getting annoyed because I'm gossiping on the phone to my girlfriends and burning the dinner.
There's nobody shouting about the broken promises of the coalition government or talking through Silent Witness.
There is nobody stealing all the bed covers at night and snoring like an adenoidal warthog.