I am not super rich, far from it but Marcus's sons live in Middlesborough which is in the north of England and we live in the South of England so we try to see them about 5 times a year.
We have them for a week at Christmas, a week at Easter, two weeks in August and then we try to fit in a couple of weekends in between. We booked this weekend when we thought we were finishing work this month and then our jobs got extended for another month.
It costs us between £350 to £450 each time we come up here and more obviously when they come to stay so its something we have to budget for.
They used to live just around the corner from us but then Marcus's ex wife met someone from the North and moved here. This means we have to bear all the costs to see the boys and its not always easy. Its especially hard thinking we may be out of work for any length of time because for me its hard but for Marcus it means he doesn't get to see his sons and they are very close. They are 13 & 15.
They are very into sport and his oldest son wants to teach sport in the future so we have to organise trips around sporting fixtures. We thought this weekend would be fine as there was nothing on the list and the football season is finished then last week No1 son was told he had a tournament that he had to attend.
This means we drove 248miles which took 6 and a half hours (because of traffic) to spend the weekend watching football. And with the world cup still on its constantly on the TV too. Then when we got here Marcus told me his ex wife would be there too! Now it's not that we don't speak but I can think of a million and one things I would rather do than spend the whole day watching football with the ex wife (who does not really like me). I am trying not to be selfish but I really want to sulk.
I know how important it is to him and I love seeing the boys too. But I would have rather spent £450 doing something we could all enjoy.
Anywho I am in the hotel with the football on the TV catching up with blogs and trying to make the best of it. And I will miss another weigh in! I will have to do it on Monday again.
5 days ago