Camp Hike Climb, a lightweight camping store, and claimed that they needed to do some 'product testing'. You know, 'get out in the field'.
I fully understand that when you work in a retail store that sells hiking gear and stuff, that you need to be up-to-date with the latest and greatest. You need to know that what you are saying to be true is actually fact. You can't rely solely on your impressive resume of hiking, biking and canyoning trips. Not when you clocked up most of your experience in the 1990s. It just aint right.
So I understand that he needed to go away and use some of the gear that he sells and get back into our, seemingly discarded, adventurous lifestyle. *Sigh* Life before kids really was a lot of fun!
I was a teeny bit jealous (well, a lot jealous) of his plans. But it wasn't the 'being left behind' thing that was the hardest. It just sucks a little that his snow-shoe trip meant I had to fly solo with the kids for four days! Four whole days. Just me, and them.
As far as it goes, the experience was less painful that I thought it would be. There were no major dramas to speak of, just the relentlessness of parenting (24 hours a day) and no-one to off-load some of the responsibility to.
The fact that I had booked in lots of visitors and activities for the kids meant that we were always busy and the days weren't too long. There were the usual mishaps - twins waking at night at the same time, one twin pooing on the floor of the bathroom while I was undressing the other, Dew Drop put his tooth through his bottom lip (with the horror scene of blood that comes with lip splits), a fall from the slippery dip, spilt milk, bikes being driven over siblings toes, wet beds, kids in my bed, and a mountain of washing after playing in the backyard after fresh rain. All in a day's work. Or a few days as the case was.
I counted them as I put them into bed tonight. One, two, three, four. Check. All alive. All fed. All happy to kiss me goodnight (I can't have been too much of a monster then can I?).
I've done my job. And survived to tell the tale.
My hat goes off to all the single parents out there tonight. You guys are my heroes!
What is the longest time you have been left to parent alone? Got any tips for us young players?