It’s hard when one spouse goes on a work trip. It’s hard for the spouse traveling (read: homesickness) and it’s arguably harder for the spouse who stays home (read: 24-hour rockstar solo parent time). I travel for work reasons pretty regularly, and yet – somehow – I am still pretty terrible at prepping for trips.
Are you even a tiny bit like me? If so, here are two ideas to make work trips a little easier on the entire family – zero preparation required:
1. Send delivery food to the house, mid-trip. Because at some point, you’ll be texting or talking to your spouse. And you’ll learn he/she is home for the night and just ate goldfish crackers for dinner. At this point, get on GrubHub and order their favorite delivery food. Pay with a credit card, if possible, to ensure maximum lack of effort for spouse. Voila! You just made their life easier and more delicious.*
2. Send selfie videos. Because your kids – and your spouse – miss you. And a five-second video of you standing on the airport’s moving walkway while making silly faces will delight them infinitely more than a photo or phone call will. It might also make them feel a little closer to you while you’re far away. It was either E.E. Cummings or James Franco who said, “The selfie quickly and easily shows, not tells, how you’re feeling, where you are, what you’re doing.”**
*Please make sure to text your spouse a head’s up about the imminent food delivery. I failed to do this on one trip and – while my husband loved the gesture – he was somewhat alarmed by the unannounced thai food at his door, and almost declined the delivery. A narrowly missed tragedy.
**It was James Franco, you guys.
Okay, now your ideas! I am in constant need of new ones. Comment below, and also find me on Instagram @btwn_the_lines.