Last night... I think it was last night, it might have been this afternoon, but I'm pretty certain it was last night... It was! It was after Jake was gone a few hours using wi-fi to job hunt...
Wow. Talk about a lack of real introduction. Hi. I'm blogging. I decided to just jump right into babbling without a "typical" Nik-esque introduction.
Okay. Last night, after Jake was job hunting, he came home, and said something to the effect of, "You know, one good thing about this unemployment problem is that we get along a lot better now."
I looked at him quizzically. He said, "Don't you agree?"
I continued to look at him in a questioning manner. I really had no idea what he was talking about! I mean, yeah, we have had our share of disagreements and not getting along in the past, but it's not like we've been at each other's throats, on the verge of divorce, or anything that I considered to be a big deal. I definitely didn't feel like we haven't been getting along.
So, I asked him to clarify. I forget his exact words, but basically, he didn't quite mean getting along as in not fighting. He meant, in a roundabout way, that he thinks we enjoy our time together as a family more now.
To that, I must say, I did agree.
When he began his unemployment right after Collin was born, it was rough. I admit I have been stressed and worried about rent and bills every single day since then, but I do try not to let it eat me alive. I try to focus more on the good things that are going on around us. Yeah, I still cry and worry, but I am not letting it make me bitter. And, he isn't either. Somehow, we're still hopeful. We're praying and holding on and getting through.
But, with all the focus I've been putting on freaking out (silently or not so silently at times), I haven't focused on the wonderful as much as I could and should have.
Did I say that already? Probably? I am not scrolling up to read.
We had to cancel our cell phone service a while back when they started to overcharge us due to a plan upgrade on Jake's that they were carrying and insanely trying to charge me for, which was unfounded and we couldn't argue out of it with them... so we switched to pay-per-month type phones (with the help of friends the first month). Mine's off for now until we have funds to spare, but we're keeping his up and running for job purposes. With that, we lost internet (because our phones were our internet), and without internet on our phones, games weren't as fun, we weren't surfing the net, YouTube-ing, what have you, nearly as much. We were more involved in the world outside our phones. Not that we were neglecting our children when we had our smartphones or anything like that, but they of course took more focus away from the kids.
Now, we don't have those distractions. We have some still, a nook, limited internet, movies, books... but they're not as "easy" to access or get sucked into. So, we spend more time playing with the boys, talking to each other, etc. We're more present in our little family unit.
We listen better, I think, now too. For example, for years I have HATED when there would be random bits of clothes left around. We had this problem for nearly seven years. And now, after we really talked about it and why it bugs me so much, it's very rare I find socks or shoes or whatever it may be lying around on the floor.
I won't bore you with many more examples.
Summary: Jake is right. We do "get along better" now. Granted, he will (hopefully REALLY soon) have a job again and be gone more, and we won't be together nearly as much, but I think this stretch of spending SO much time together has really done us good, and I think things will carry on in a positive manner. I think this financial brokenness has built us up in our relationships. A blessing in "disguise."