The 11 Stages of Touring Spouse Separation

Patrick has been gone nearly four months. Wow, that’s hard to fathom. However, his home-coming is upon us!! Still, I have realized that during those months, I went through several stages of coping with his departure. It’s never easy saying goodbye and it’s even harder living day-by-day adjusting to them not being there.

Stage 1: Saying Goodbye

Chances are you are going to put on a happy face when you drop your musician off at the terminal. After all, you have to be supportive. Plus, you are genuinely happy that they get to live their dreams.

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Stage 2: the Break Down

But nothing prepared you for the feels when you drove away and they disappeared from your sight.

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Stage 3: Settling

The first few weeks, you are getting into a new groove of not having your husband around, and you realize just how un-exciting it is without them.

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Stage 4: Superior

But then someone asks you how you feel about your husband being gone all the time. Being the supportive wife you are, you act like it’s no big deal.

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Stage 5: Denial

However, there is still that little knot in your stomach that tightens when you think about how much you miss them.

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Stage 6: School Girl

You start getting antsy about their Skype calls, just like a school girl. But alas, the timezone changes makes you wait even longer.

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Stage 7: Social Lethargy

When group of people ask you to hang out with them and you realize you haven’t been out without your other half in a while.

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Stage 8: Courage

You then realize, that this is a good opportunity for you to make new friends and decide to take the dive.

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Stage 9: Back to Boredom

Still when you come home, you have nothing better to do while you wait for the time zones to align in a way that you can Skype. The lives of your favorite fictional characters become your passtime, so much so you have become a bit of an addict.

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Stage 10: Count Down Syndrome

Everyone now knows that he will be returning in a matter of days, because you excitedly keep telling them over and over.

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Stage 11: the Return of Musician

Once he is back in your arms, you swear you will never let him go back out again–knowing full well that you will.

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