As I stated in my last post, the girls had been gone for a week. It was a family vacation with my wife’s brother’s family and my mother-in-law and father-in-law. It was in the Smoky Mountains of Tennesee, and would have been a really fun vacation. The problem is that with my mother and father-in-law going, we had no one to watch our dogs. We have three that need to be let in and out at least twice a day. And one of our boys has a couple of bulging discs in his neck. So he doesn’t get around well at all, and needs medication twice a day. Being he’s so old, and in his condition, he could not be with us much longer either. So that’s not something we wanted on anyone else’s shoulders.

So, needless to say, I stayed home.

Now I’m an independant guy, and I love having alone time. So normally, for the first couple days, I’m thrilled at having the place to myself. I mean, you can’t miss people if they don’t go away once in awhile right? Anyway, my first night as a bachelor was spent in my cigar shop hanging out with the crowd. It was nice, but when I got home, it was just too… quiet.

No TV on, no kids playing/fighting/running around, no sounds of cooking from the kitchen. The house seemed far too empty and lifeless. The dogs and cat hadn’t seen anyone all day so they followed me around incessantly. Given my current mood, I just ate supper, and watched a little TV… then, I went to bed. I honestly don’t remember much of what I did the next two evenings, because it was so boring and benign. That’s kind of a weird feeling.

Now I don’t know if it’s the fall gloominess (which I normally love) or my current uninspired rut, but I felt far too alone, and I missed all three of my girls far more than I thought I would. I just wouldn’t be a very good single guy at this point. All I know is that the house really wasn’t a home without them, and I’m really glad they’re back. Time to turn everything around!