Hubby says I’m the kind of gal who needs someone to look after.
Having a dog is all very well, but it’s not the same as the company of or conversation with, another person.
When he was in hospital last year, I kept myself to myself so very few people knew. In fact, I was told off by several of our boating friends for not telling them about being on my own.
That’s one of the lovely things about the boating community here. Everyone cares.
Being on my own for a few days or a week or so doesn’t count as living alone, but even in those short times the hardest thing was deciding what to eat!
I was content keeping the boat clean and tidy, emptying the loo cassette and filling up the water tank, doing the laundry, walking the dog three or four times a day, even getting up early to do it, but meal times? A sandwich or bowl of cereal, nothing really cooked, unless you included soup or a ready made microwave dinner if I’d been shopping. Not that I think I’d actually waste away, there’s too much padding on me for that!
Saying that though, although I like my own company, I don’t think I’d do very well on a permanent basis. I need human interaction and contact, so a community such as the one we currently live in suits me. Everyone respects everyone else and their privacy, but there is always someone on hand to chat to, or compare notes with on day to day ‘problems’.
I suppose it all comes down to confidence, attitude, and knowing your limitations.
Sure, I can manage to keep on top of most things, especially as Hubby and I don’t have the kind of relationship where certain jobs are only done by one of us. We both keep ‘house’, we both cook and we share the load, working together as a team. We always have, it’s one of our strengths. I can’t imagine my life without him in it, but he makes sure to include me in the boat maintenance checks, and I have notes everywhere just in case.
On the other hand, Hubs would be fine on his own. To be honest, he’d probably relish in it as he’s been independent since an early age.
That was until I came along and rearranged his life. He says he wouldn’t have it any other way. ❤