It wasn’t his fault….okay, it totally was, but I am granting him an excuse waiver. The closing down of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, the life that consumes my husband for four months of the year, shouldn’t be smooth. Not much else about it is, but it is likely an indication of insanity when the cops are involved.
I best explain. My son and I had left Colorado at 4 pm to get a head start on our return home. The girls had been deposited at my mom’s (praise generous grandmas!) and my husband was left on his own to load the trailer, finish last-minute paperwork and close up shop for the year. My normal practice for his time estimates is to multiply what he says it is going to take by three and then it gives me a good time frame in which to expect him. I forgot to multiply.
He told me he would be at my mom’s by 8:30 to put the girls to bed. I talked to him at 8:00 and he said he was hooking the trailer and heading out. What he failed to mention was that he was heading to his office…not my moms. My mom got word that he would arrive around 9:30 instead of 8:30, so she put the girls to bed. I called at 10:30 when my son and I arrived at our Nebraska hotel, and got his voicemail. I continued to get voicemail and no answer at his office for the next two hours. Panic and fatigue completely enveloped me, and I called my mom…the one phone I knew would pick up.
Her call back sounded like this: “Okay, the state patrol says there are not any accidents on the highway, and the Castle Rock Police are on their way to his office to check on him, if he’s there.”
The next call was from my insane, workaholic husband…shaken by the arrival and questioning of the police. His phone had been left in the truck, and he chose to ignore the phone ringing at the office… so he could continue to work. I wish I could have instructed the cop to handcuff him, drag him to a bed and sentence him to a night of good sleep. Instead he was given a warning for workaholic tendencies, and he is officially on probation with me.
Now I am on the search for a Workaholics Anonymous group. Are there any that meet in the middle of the night? That would be when he is available to attend.