We went another couple of weeks without hearing from George. I knew I would hear from him eventually, and I did today.
After three months alone with the kids, and only one week spent as a family since January, George called bearing good news—he is on his way home.
We have only spent one week together since January. That’s five months ago!
And, that is without Skype, FaceTime, or any other “fancy” means of communication….including a cell phone most of the time. George fishes in remote areas and we do not have access to those means of communication.
And when he does come into port, he and the crew are busy unloading and getting ready to head out to sea again, and there just is never any—or enough—time.
George sounded really good when I talked to him briefly today, and I was thrilled to tell the kids that their dad will be home in about four days.
I have been telling Eva and Vincent for the past five months that Daddy would be home “in the summer.” Ironically, it now seems as though George will be home, literally, on the first day of summer.
I don’t normally toot my own horn, but I am proud. We did it. The children and I made it through. We made it through gymnastics and ballet and homework and shopping and meals and baths.
We got back to Jazzercise and learned how to cook and finished kindergarten projects. We brushed teeth and said prayers and went to sleep and woke up the next morning.
We even integrated a brand-new baby into the family.
Now, it will be time to acclimate as a whole family. Not as one mother with three children, but one mother and a father with three children.
I do look forward to a wonderful summer together as a whole and complete family of five. I can’t wait for George to get home and for the family and summer fun to begin. George has not been home for an entire summer in probably ten years.
I am excited for Vincent to get to do “boy things” with his dad, and Eva to be able to shower another someone with her hugs and kisses, and for Valerie to get to know her dad.
Whew, that’s a lot. I do believe we will take it moment by moment.