|Source: The Age|
After months of waiting, that person reeling it in will soon be The Provider. Around this time tomorrow, he will be living his version of Bloke’s Paradise: a fishing rod in hand, a cold beer in the other, all the time in the world and plenty of other mates alongside to discuss the questions of Life and the Universe, repeating as necessary.
He’ll be away for the entire week, deep-sea fishing in a spot about six hours off the coast of Darwin. No land is visible by the time they reach the fishing grounds; just miles and miles of Timor Sea surrounding them. Not my idea of bliss (no room service, restaurants or shopping out there for starters!!) but for The Provider, this is his idea of heaven.
I spoke to him briefly before he boarded the plane this morning and I could hear a relaxed tone already creeping into his voice. It’s one that hasn’t been there for a while, let me tell you. Life has been so frenetic of late, we’ve sometimes struggled to keep up. As his moniker might suggest, he works incredibly long hours to make sure we are all taken care of. And we are certainly that. Adding to his workload is a list of other people with demands on his time as well. It’s felt like a never-ending list lately. Stress has been a regular companion.
|Slipping into holiday mode… and it fits like a glove!|
So being the good wife that I am, I have encouraged (read: insisted) he take this time away. Through my own experience I know there are times when you simply must leave the daily grind behind to enable a rediscovery of your own sense of self. It gets lost in the day-to-day sometimes, constantly drowned out by the cacophony of deadlines and demands from everything around you.
|The Provider’s address for the week – Source|
|Gorgeous sunset – Source|
But don’t worry that it’s just HIM having all the fun. I have a few things organised for my week too, including an upcoming appointment for a facial and massage, plus I have a sneaking suspicion I may squeeze in a few lunches and/or coffees with the girls too. Now that’s what *I* call heaven.
How do you like to unwind and de-stress? Does your other half like to fish like mine? What do they do during their down time?
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