During the current year something different happened, Bob and I each took separate vacations.
In February I went to Disneyland with our oldest daughter for four days with my best friend from high school, her children, and grandchildren. Bob stayed home and took care odds and ends he wanted to get done and enjoyed his peace and quiet.
This past week Bob had a unique opportunity that he took advantage of and it was my turn to stay home and take care of stuff I wanted to get done. He is really enjoying what he is doing and I will write more about this unique opportunity later and saying “YES” when a unique situation presents itself.
What has been interesting has been comments about us doing something separate from each other. Neither Bob nor I thought anything of this until we were questioned about these decisions which kind of made both of us chuckle.
We are together more than most couples and our friends who are not truckers cannot understand how we can be together all of the time, our friends who are truckers question how we could take a vacation apart. Kind of made us stop and think.
Let’s back up a little and give some background information. Bob and I were married in May of 1978 and at that time I stayed home and Bob went to his day job each day. Over time when the girls started school I got a job and we always took vacations together as a family. At the end of each day we caught up with each other’s day over supper and we had all been apart for hours.
Fast forward to when we started trucking in 2000 and our lives changed drastically. Now we are together all of the time and do not need a vacation to spend time with each other. We wake up with each other in the truck, we eat each meal together, we work on the truck together, and we visit with friends we see out here on the road together. Very little time is spent apart and the time spent apart can be measured in minutes.
We have more freedom now it seems and I am able to go to Disneyland and not feel guilty about Bob not enjoying our vacation. Bob was able to say yes to a fantastic opportunity and maybe someday I will also get to experience what Bob just did this past week.
Both of us are comfortable together and also being apart as we really are not joined at the hip. We each have our own interests and with our business we are able to pursue our individual pursuits and still enjoy being together more than most couples. Personally, I think it does us both good to be apart as it sure gives us something to talk about.