At times it seems the whole world runs on a 9 – 5 model, a quick look around your nearest city suggests this cannot be true for all. If it were, there would be no 24 hour restaurants, miscreants would have an easy life with no one on patrol, who would deliver pizza when we just couldn’t face cooking after a long day?
Today I’m reaching out to all of those who don’t run in synch with the world and asking, “How do you cope?” My husband works rotating shifts that keep him away for 14 hours at a time. When he’s on shift, for all practical purposes he is not part of our routine, other than perhaps a phonecall after the kids are tucked in to see how the day went. Then of course, we have the days of, “Shh Daddy’s sleeping, can you stop hitting your brother with the Hot Wheels track?”*
I don’t have many friends or acquaintances who understand why Saturdays can be so lonely or how a simple girls night out can take so much planning.
It’s not all bad. We homeschool, so there is a lot of flexibility to enjoy my husband’s time off and even when he’s on nights, there are times where I adore a few quiet hours all to myself. I enjoy being able to watch a chick flick with no raised eyebrows or popping a bowl of popcorn and topping it with whatever picques my fancy at that moment (usually garlic salt and parmesan, or butter, salt, and a few sour patch kids). Those evenings are nice and should be my focus when I’m returning three small children to their beds at odd hours of the night. (It’s never just one child or one dog that acts up, they draw straws and take shifts).
So tell me, what do you do to cope when you live out of step with your peers?
*Toy used and actual command changed to protect the innocent.