Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Living together, living apart!!

I often get odd comments and questions from people (including friends) about me and Shaun not living together these last couple of years. The truth is that when he got posted to West Point we were planning for me to move there couple of months after he left. But somehow it never happened. First I was worried of putting my notice in (have no idea why), then we figured that we could afford more things and a lot more travel (which is what we wanted to do these past two years) with me working. The fact is that I have always been a main "earner" in our marriage and even though most of the time I hate that extra pressure, I am now totally used to it and it works well for us.

Of course we would love to spend all the time with each other but we were always quite independent and worked with the circumstances the best we could. So for example, when few years ago he went on operations to Bosnia for 6 months, I went and worked for our office in Dubai. Most people thought we were odd but we found the whole arrangement perfect.

So I was chatting to my best friend yesterday whose daughter is my Goddaughter and she was saying how she was talking to her 4-year old son Timmy the other day about Shaun and me. And so she was telling him how "Auntie Angelina lives in London" and "Uncle Shaun lives in America". And apparently he just looked at her and said "Don't they like each other??" Priceless!!!!

8 comments:

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Aaahhh, yes - the plight of the military family :) I am all too familiar with it... When it comes down to it, you do what you've gotta do - sometimes the most unorthodox arrangements are made by families who have one (or more) members serving in the military. As long as you two are happy, or at least have a way of dealing with it - I say do what makes the most sense. Plus, his being stationed in the US is NOT permanent, and with your great job and ability to travel, that more than makes up for it.

Looking forward to meeting you in June!!! Shaun too!!

D said...

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I actually think you have a pretty rad situation going right now!!

Maggs said...

It really sounds like you guys see each other a lot and spend quality time with each other when you do.

jessithompson said...

As long as it works for you guys... that's all that matters!

Charisa said...

I think it sounds like you guys make it work well! :)

Jennifer Harrison said...

I agree, whatever works for you is PERFECT for you both! Living in England and Shaun in the US. Honestly, JEROME WOULD LOVE THIS....he would move back to the UK in a mili-second! Have fun in the US this weekend!

Maijaleena said...

It seems like you fly over here every weekend! And that you make it work pretty well.

IAN said...

"Don't they like each other?" Seriously... HILARIOUS