“But I love him
Yes I love him …”
Is you is or is you ain’t my baby – Louis Jordan, 1944

Confession: I’m experiencing a man drought. A mini one, to be sure, but the absence of my man, the one who makes my heart go “pitty-pat”, is being felt. Blue Eyes is in Melbourne for work and won’t be back until late tonight. (Yes. He got to go to Melbourne. And I’m in Perth. With four kids, three chooks, two dogs and a cat.) And while I’m coping well with all the practical things (this is not about being helpless), I miss him being here. Simple as that.

Am I pathetic or romantic? He’s only been away 2.5 days. (Is that all? Yes, I hear you. I hear the “tsk tsk” noises and sounds of squeaky violins from the romantically-challenged. I know, I know … build a bridge and all that.) But, the thing is, this man is my Prince Charming, Knight in Shining Armour, The One … for lovers of classics, he’s my Mr Darcy, my Mr Rochester (No, not the retching sound). For those who are squirming, it’s simple: my heart belongs to him and … I love him. I miss him. And while it’s not technically a man drought when you have a man but he’s away for a few days, I feel his absence as sorely as the garden misses the rain.

Romantic readers, here’s some of what I miss:

  • the sleepy 5.30am kiss when he leaves for work (Blue Eyes: “Bye sweetie.” Me: “Bye. Dwive suffly. Luvoo.”);
  • the smile on his face (sometimes tired, sometimes “He-llo wifey”, but always a smile) when I get home;
  • our at-home coffee date every afternoon in which good times, bad times, rants, memories and plans are shared (sometimes all on the same date);
  • our morning coffee on the weekend (technically, I’ll get one tomorrow, but it’s been almost a week since the last one);
  • his beautiful blue eyes;
  • cuddles;
  • after-dinner walks;
  • him.
For those of you who are saying, “Awwwww” and wiping tears from your eyes (OK, maybe that’s a bit over the top), I have another confession. More of an announcement, really. You could soon have your own Man Drought. Yes, you could win a copy of Man Drought by fabulous Aussie writer Rachael Johns simply by doing two things:
  1. Leave a comment after this post;
  2. Visit my Each Day a Gift Facebook page and like it. That way you can keep up with all my blog posts and book reviews. If you share the page, I’ll be over the moon (hopefully back in time for Blue Eyes’ return).
I’ll be posting a review of Man Drought on my book review website Write Note Reviews soon and Rachael has kindly agreed to be my guest at an upcoming Stories on Stage event at Koorliny Arts Centre (April 3, Perth). In the meantime, I’m happy knowing that it’s now only eight hours until my mini man drought comes to an end.
This post was written as part of the Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Book’d Out and Confessions from Romaholics – there are plenty more fantastic book giveaways where this one came from. If you check out their links, you can “hop” to the different blogs and try your luck there, too.
The Man Drought competition ends January 28, 2013 and is open to Australian residents only. A winner will be drawn at random and their name published on the Each Day a Gift page.


Monique Mulligan

Monique Mulligan

0 Responses

  1. Man drought commiserations. However I would welcome my other half having a weekend away with the boys – so I could hit the books in peace and quiet(!)

  2. @Annie, probably. I've experienced long-term absences before (first marriage) and you learn to deal with it – I raised my boys mostly on my own before Blue Eyes came along. I know the single mother life well. So, I know I can deal with it; I'm not helpless. But Blue Eyes is my second chance, you know? I think it's good that I miss him 🙂

  3. Gorgeous post, Monique! Got a slightly different spin… when I met my husband, I was the one jetting off all around the world for work, and gorgeous man that he is, he never once complained about my regular (shortish) absences. Now that we've switched roles I know how much harder it is to be the one left at home. I'd love to read Rachael's "Man Drought" (loved her debut "Jilted"!).

  4. Hope you had a great Australia Day and I understand you man drought. The rain drought is over here in QLD and we have lots of rain now. tracy t

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