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Taking Time to Feed My Relationship

I’ve been extremely busy lately. I’m maintaining a frenzied schedule that has me away from home a great deal. When I am home, I’m busy planning events, working on projects, compiling reports, writing, and trying to keep up with household chores.

Today was another busy day. I received a text from a coworker around 6:30 a.m. telling me he wasn’t coming in to work today. I was at work by 7:00 a.m. and contacting my boss to touch base. After calling clients and juggling jobs, I finally got everything scheduled and rescheduled.

My office is actually closed on Fridays, but I’m on voluntary overtime right now. Thank goodness I was there this morning. We would have been scrambling on Monday if I hadn’t gone in today. I worked for a few hours and then raced to my critique group meeting which lasted approximately four hours.

I got home in time to spend half an hour with my husband before he went to work. I hadn’t seen him since Monday evening. He asked me about my week, and I asked about his. It was when he asked me if I planned to do any travelling tomorrow that I realized how little time I’ve spent with him.

We work opposing schedules, so our time together has been limited for most of our relationship. It’s been far more limited over the past couple of years due to my writing-related activities. I have several meetings that take place on Saturdays, and conferences are always held over a weekend. I attend a couple of retreats every year that last for three or four days.

Jim is very supportive of my writing career and encourages me to do everything possible to pursue my dream. He’s even attended a few events with me. That’s why I’m making it a point to spend quality time with him this weekend. While I haven’t neglected him, I have been wrapped up in my activities.

This weekend I’m making my husband my priority. The last thing I want is for us to drift apart now that we finally have an empty nest and should be rediscovering each other. Relationships take work to maintain. Love must be fed and nurtured. Perhaps the clouds will clear long enough for us to feed ours with some romantic star gazing. Whatever we choose to do, it will be good for us as a couple.

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