I dropped my wife, Linda, off at the airport early this morning. She and a group of others from our church are headed to the Pacific northwest for a mission trip. They’ll be back a week from today.
Usually, I’m the one taking off on trips. For many years I traveled out of state about three weeks a month for my work – fly out Sunday, get back at midnight Friday, have less than 48 hours at home, rinse and repeat. I got very accustomed to being alone in hotel rooms and finding my way around new cities as I traveled to teach various technical classes at computer training centers.
It’s different when I’m the one left alone at home while she is out and about. It gives me a small, infrequent taste of what I did to her for years.
In situations like this I am reminded of the statement that “who you are when you’re alone is who you really are.” When I think about the trips I usually take, the word “boring” comes to mind to describe my behavior because I am quite content to do my work, grab a bite to eat and then chill out in my room most evenings. The exceptions are when I visit more exotic places with much to see where exploring and sightseeing are more in order in the evenings.
Being home alone, though, is different. I still have my routines and my dog has her routines that require me, but there is an odd feel to it all.
Will I do anything really out of the ordinary while being a bachelor for the week? Probably not. No wild escapades planned.
I guess the word “boring” still comes to mind. Or maybe I know who I am and I am OK with that.
Leap year lesson #193 is Know who you are alone.