Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Don't cry for me, Argentina

I feel I need to stop here, "for a second," as Liam likes to say, and note for the record, that I'm doing fine, and that the past few months of being a stay at home dad have been some of the best of my life.

Based on various reactions I get from people who read this blog, the sense I seem to be giving folks is one that is quite grim. And that's not the case. I'm very happy, and having a great time. However, I also want to be candid about my frustrations. So for those worried about my mental health: Don't.

One of the other spouses in Jen's program asked me a couple weeks ago if I was counting the days until the semester is over and we go home. She said that apparently, many of the other spouses she meets in the program are.

I had to think about that. Which tells me, of course, that I haven't been counting the days. As of now, we've been here six months, and we'll be back in Oakland in five months. But as part of my role out here, I've invested quite a bit of energy in meeting folks, building a community, getting the kids involved, and learning about this area.

So yes, I'll be excited to see folks back home. But at the same time, it's weird to think that in five months, I may never again see many of these folks who have suddenly become so vital to our daily lives. And that makes me a little sad.

1 comment:

Jamien said...

Love your blog! I am also at home these days. I'm contemplating starting my own video business. I am also trying to do some freelance writing. (Business is slow though) I quit my job as publisher of the Park Guide magazine after it was bought by a man from California who wanted to publish two "get rich quick" magazines and have me edit them. I didn't want to muddy my name with that trash.

When you have a chance, check out my blog at: http://360.yahoo.com/jamien1

--Jamie Nunnelly