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144(ish) hours until I see my wife again. She is attending a professional conference in Vancouver then seeing some friends on the island. She has never been away from the kids this long ever… almost 5 years. We haven’t been apart this long in almost 12 years.

Father with daughter

It’s weird how reliant you become of your spouse, partner, rock that is always there. Even if it’s for that shared smirk when you son farts at the table, saying bless you when they sneeze, hearing a swear – when you realize you forgot to flush the toilet or that perfect soft, slow hug after the kids finally go to sleep – celebrating your victory, that is quiet time.