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A Wife in New York

September 13, 2008

This is my wife, Angelica. It’s six o’clock in the morning. She’s happy… but in a hurry. That’s why she’s eating breakfast standing up. Cause she has to run off and do some shopping… in New York. (As a footnote, since this photo has now entered the global internet sphere, my wife would probably want everyone to understand that this old and stained sweater she’s wearing is only used for traveling, and will quickly be disposed of as soon as she buys something new.)

This is our friend, Marie, with Angelica. It’s partly her fault that my wife is now on her way to the US on a shopping trip. She’s the fixer and organizer (and a wonderful cook, by the way: Marie’s blog)

And here is the third member of the traveling party, our dear “little sister” Matilda. They are now about to embark on a one hour trip to the airport – where Pernilla, a fourth friend will meet up – in this old Corsa. Normally, I have nothing against Opel Corsa´s, but this one happens to have a bad start-up engine. They will probably get to the airport, but coming back they most likely will have to push the car. (If you read this girls, just call me if you need any help… he, he.)

This is goodbye. When I first heard of this shopping trip, I was wondering about the cost, etc. But with the low dollar rate and better outlet prices in the US, we will stock up on clothes and toys that’ll last us a long time, for a lower cost than here in Sweden, even counting the airfare. So I was glad to send Angelica off on this fun adventure. She really deserves to get away. This will be her first trip alone without her family.

But it’s interesting, the last week has been bordering on the hysterical, with all her preparations: the millions of phone calls to her girlfriends; the endless jabbering about the trip; and the constant and exaggerated repetition of instructions on how to tend home and kids while she’s away. Sometimes I have been more anxious for her to leave than she has🙂

But now, as I waved goodbye and saw her drive off, I couldn’t hold back the tears. I know the kids and I will be alright, and we’ll have lots of fun (I promised them we could bake every day, cause we don’t have to worry about making a mess now that mom is away)… but a part of me felt alone.

Love is a strange thing.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan Burnett-McKeown permalink
    September 28, 2008 04:54

    When shopping, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding a real “bargain” – and I hope your wife came back with plenty of these, from her shopping trip in New York. Also, it’s nice to occasionally take “time out” from one’s everyday life. As the saying goes, a change is as good as a holiday. But with shopping being the main aim of the trip, Angelica may have been too busy shopping to have much of a “holiday”, or go sightseeing etc. The urge to “shop till you drop” may have been too great!

    Hope you had lots of fun with the children while she was away, were able to follow all your wife’s instructions, and didn’t leave too much mess for her to come home to. You could always do what they do in the movies – rush around cleaning it all up just minutes before she walks in the front door!

  2. Emma permalink
    September 15, 2008 22:23

    What? Didn´t you take Johannes to the airport when his mum went off? I´m sure he would have wanted to know if she travelled to New York with and Airbus 330 or a Boeing 757 or something else!

    Send my regards to Johannes! (more info on my comment to “Embarrassing dad at airport”)

    Best regards
    Emma
    e-mail: emma.alskaer@hotmail.com

  3. Hilary permalink
    September 15, 2008 03:40

    Hi there!!
    Well that is a great story and you know I am all about the weekend shopping trip! I am excited for Angelica and you…being a single dad really makes you appreciate us women! Randy and I just returned from a adult alone weekend in San Fran…which I highly recommend! We don’t do it often enough after 11 years together! Hope you are surviving. Hil

  4. September 13, 2008 13:19

    HEJ LOUIS FIRST I WILL SAY THANK YOU, FOR SHARING THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL WIFE. ONE OF MY FRIENDS TOLD ME TODAY THAT IS GOOD THAT HAVE A FRI (SORRY IF SOME WORD ARE ON DANISH ) WEEK END SO YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT HER BEST FRIEND LEAVE YESTERDAY SHE VISIT HER SISTER . SO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN YOUR WIFE TELL YOU THAT SHE IS ON HER WAY HOME AGAIN MY FRIEND. I FEEL WITH YOU, YOU HAVE RIGHT LOVE IS A STRANGE THING. HUGS TO YOU FROM YOUR FRIEND

  5. Lene Klamer permalink
    September 13, 2008 13:14

    GREAT!! Mamma is out:-) She really deserves it:-) And you can have fun with the kids:-) You will for sure have some VERY special days! It will give you a big bunch of LOVE money in your bag:-) And you will become even more rich:-)
    Have fun and forget about the cleaning;-) Do that the last day you are alone;-)
    Enjoy your time and give the kids a hug from me:-)
    ~Lene

  6. September 13, 2008 10:57

    Thanks Belle.
    I empathize with your situation, but I have the feeling you will have your big chance soon. Then you too will be singing: “Start spreading the news. I’m leaving today…”

  7. Belle permalink
    September 13, 2008 08:22

    Louis,

    In every way…I find this fantastic.
    Good that your wife takes time for herself, and does stuff without her family. But it’s also very nice of you to let her go.
    My husband would have problems with that. My doctor told me lately, I should do things like that too…to get out of the daily stress with my autistic children.
    But…sorry enough…I can only dream about it.
    Because of my children I’m very isolated. My friends hooked of, because of the behaviour of my children. A nice little visit is not possible with them…
    So even if my husband would say, I can go. I have no one to go with.
    Well, enough about me…

    GREAT… in every way. I’m so jealous…and I’m not an jealous person!
    Big hug (against the lonelyness :-))

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