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The holiday of a lifetime?

Uploaded: Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Friday, September 3rd, 2004.

We’re going on holiday tomorrow. I booked at as a Valentine’s present- for my wife and my family who I love. We’re flat broke, despite the fact that we both work (me earning a managerial wage, Kat earning minimum wage for a few hours a week), and haven’t had a holiday for ages. I took out a big loan to pay for the holiday- we’re flying to Orlando, rented a car, got a villa with it’s own pool, and tickets for the Disney World parks. It should be wonderful. I hope it is.

Things seem to have got a bit better recently, maybe all of my work is beginning to count for something. My day’s are very long- getting up at 7:30, driving 20 miles to work, 8½ hours work in a place I hate, hassle from the staff, hassle from the management, hassle to do overtime, drive 20 miles home, dinner’s waiting, help put the kids to bed, start tidying up while Kat lies on the sofa, hopefully finish by 10:00, wake Kat up, go to bed, go to sleep. I do wonder what Kat does all day. I know that she gets the kids ready in the morning, and I know that she cooks dinner for us. She works 2-3 days a week too- but I suspect that she doesn’t always go.

It’s not much of a life, but I hope it will save the family.


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2 Responses to “ The holiday of a lifetime? ”

    Luschka commented at 7:14 pm on April 9th, 2010

    So frustrating, it reads like a soap opera, but is heart breaking to think this is someone’s real life. I’m glad it’s not happening right now, it would be more devastating in real time.


    Single Dad commented at 11:50 am on July 20th, 2011

    This is all similar to my own experience & it makes me cringe to read how you work at home the minute you return from work while your wife sits around on her fat backside watching TV. I just don’t know how we get suckered into this. But I did and I can see you did. Hindsight is a wonderful thing !

    It seems to be some weird psychological mechanism whereby the ‘wife’ (or presumably also husband if things are the other way around ) treats the wronged partner with total contempt and the wronged partner just can’t see it. It really is quite extra-ordinary.

    I wonder what would happen if you had seen all that at the time & given her hell for sitting around watching TV while you spent every evening cleaning up after her after you returned from work etc.

    It would alter the psychological equation – but how is the really interesting question. I guess it would have actually improved the chances of saving a marriage.

    But I would have to ask the question, ‘is it worth trying to save a marriage with a contemptibly dishonest and cruel person who is able to cause so much permanent misery to their own children, spouse and even other relatives. Someone who is viciously selfish’.

    People who behave this way are just unpleasant and sick. There is no excuse for it.


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