In a couple days my husband leaves for a business trip to Chile, the lucky guy. For three weeks he’ll be traveling South America learning all about the new agricultural innovations there, meandering through 30 degree days, dining at fine restaurants and mingling with the people. I am fully in support of him going on this trip, but it’s going to be a looooong three weeks with him gone in the dead of winter, with me left alone with our three ill-behaved children. I have already resigned myself to the fact that we are basically going to live off of grilled cheese sandwiches and canned soups, and I have given myself permission to lower the bar. Survival will be the name of the game. We can do it! Thankfully my mom is going to come and keep my company for a week in the middle of his absence to help me maintain that white-knuckled grip on my sanity, but it has me wondering how women who are married to men whose jobs take them far away for long periods of time (those in the military, or on the oil rigs, etc) and single mothers cope and make a go of it on their own.
Do you have a partner who is away for long periods of time? How do you manage on your own? Any tips for transitioning back to real life once he returns?