The Friday Gathering – Father's Day Edition

By glblguy

Photo by: Hamed Saber

Earlier this week I wrote about some various low cost Father’s gifts in anticipation of Father’s day which is this Sunday. Until this week, I was expecting to get a video game for the Wii  and hopefully some great “kid made” gifts from my children. Turns out, I received a very different gift instead.

As I type this, my house is completely silent, with the exception of the refrigerator, and the pumps on my aquariums. You could literally hear a pin drop. See, my two oldest boys are at the beach with my in-laws and my wife headed up to spend the week with my other 4 children at my in-laws mountain house. I couldn’t go as I had two employees out on vacation this week, along with some work related items I just couldn’t miss. As a result, I’ve been a “bachelor” for the last 4 days. Great right? 4 days to myself, no kids, nice and quiet….WRONG.

When I arrived home on Tuesday, no kids greeting me at the door and no spouse with a hug asking me how my day was. Missing also was the smell of dinner I so look forward to…see my wife is an awesome cook. I made a sandwich, turned on the news and started working on my to do list for my various blogs. That evening as I went to bed, by instinct I walked into my one of our children’s rooms to kiss them goodnight…opps, no kiddos…I forgot.

Repeat this same scenario for the past 4 days. I am missing my family significantly. I sometimes have to travel out of town, and I miss them then too, but it’s different. I associate my home and them being here together and it’s just plain creepy for me to be here without them here.

My Father’s day gift is going to be seeing them later this evening as I head up to the mountains to stay the weekend with them. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder…I agree.


I participate in a few carnivals this week (yes I actually remembered):

The Gathering

7 Responses (including trackbacks) to “The Friday Gathering – Father's Day Edition”

  1. David@My Two Dollars Says:

    Hope you have a great weekend with your wife and kids, sounds nice after being a bachelor for a few days!

  2. "Mo" Money Says:

    Sometimes we don’t miss family until they are missing for a few days. Makes them more appreciated when they return.

  3. Pete @ biblemoneymatters Says:

    Thanks for the link to the carnival. I’ve linked to your father’s day gift post in my roundup today..

    I think the saying is true – absence does make the heart grow fonder!

  4. Foxie Says:

    I sure hope absence makes the heart grow fonder, I’m only a few days into my four month separation from my husband and I’m hating it so far. I completely understand what you mean, too – It’s just too weird being home when he’s not and I terribly miss having someone to eat dinner with and ask me how my day was. All I get is a cat that meows too much because I haven’t been home all day and he wants some attention/water/love/petting time/playing time.

    At the very least, the absence definitely reminds you to be thankful for the time you *do* have together. It’s reminded me of all the time that we had before he left that I took for granted while I had it. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who enjoys spending time with my family more than having it all to myself. :)

  5. MITBeta @ Don't Feed The Alligators Says:

    Thanks for the mention!

  6. Make Friends, Earn Money Says:

    Nothing beats being with family on fathers day, it’s always difficult trying to juggle a busy work routine with family live. Hope you have a great time in the mountains.

  7. PT Says:

    Thanks for linking back to the carnival, GlblGuy!