Over three years into FIFO life and things are very routine, perhaps a little blasé.
Daddy isn’t home for some special days, though try as we might to work everything in nicely, it is simply life working this FIFO gig. He isn’t home for six months of the year, which is a whole lot of days and weekends you hope to be doing nothing exciting that he will miss out on.
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Of course, life can’t be filled with nothing. The habit of a holding pattern, just waiting for us all to be together isn’t the healthiest so we do adventure out but we try to not to have too much fun. Having a 4 year old and a “spirited” 22 month old, flying solo can sometimes lose its taking-on-the-world-super-mum charm anyway.
Plus, it doesn’t seem worth it.
See, our family is a team. If one of us is missing there is always the reminder we are a teammate down, that one of us isn’t there to enjoy, celebrate, or appreciate so we don’t get all the feels at 100%.
Sometimes we put off those special or fun things. It doesn’t mean the kids miss out on anything, it just means that when Daddy comes home we take on the world (well, perhaps the Glasshouse Mountains) full throttle, all together, as a team.
When one of us is unwell, the whole team suffers. If it is my husband who is sick, boy do we suffer!
I jest… man-flu is real and oh so serious! He told me.
We have had a few times when one of the kids has been quite unwell and their dad has been over the other side of Australia. That’s when we all feel the pull. If only we were all together.
For me, while the Mr is away I tend to plan things. In my head I am trying to make those memory days, filling the time when we are all back together again. Then we get to those days and we are doing all these fantastic and fun adventures around the place, yet feeling still a little disconnected.
All those supposed memory makers and sometimes, all that money spent for us to understand that our family, our team, feels most connected at home, on our home ground, doing the things that aren’t extraordinary yet so awesome for our connection.
No matter what, our team is strong. Just simply stronger and happier when we are all together on our home ground.
It’s the home ground advantage I guess. No matter what is happening in life, when we are together it is for the win!
Who is in your team?
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