In German there is an expression – “Strohwitwe” – the dictionary translation is grass widow. It’s an expression that Germans use when your husband or significant other is away and you are home alone. So, right now I’m a “Strohwitwe” because hubby is away on a business trip. It’s not horrible but we miss him. The kids bring him up constantly and they wonder what he’s up too. Our youngest daughter has conversations with him throughout the day on one of her play phones. It’s cute and funny.
I can deal with it and look for the positives, since he’s gone I can get more stuff done around the house. This week that happens to work out perfectly since I’m getting the house ready for my sister’s visit from Germany. I also cook all those meals the kids and I enjoy that he can barely stomach. So, really, it’s not all bad.
Unfortunately, as positive as I try to be, one thing I cannot do well when he is gone, is sleep. I toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like a zombie in the morning. I ask myself all the time why I can’t properly fall asleep. After all, he hogs the blanket, snores like a freight train some nights and tends to push the dogs in my direction so I have no room on our King size bed.
You would think with him gone and the bed all to myself, I would sleep like a baby. But no, that never happens. Maybe, the snoring is my white noise that lulls me to sleep. He also keeps the bed nice and toasty which is good because the air is always turned down to 68 degrees at night and I get cold.
Whatever the case may be, I cannot sleep well without him in bed next to me. So, for the next few days I will have to keep plenty of coffee on hand to make it through the day. And look forward to when he comes home and I can get a full night of blissful sleep.
Do you have issues with sleep? Does it bother you if your significant other is gone?