I haven't had a moan here for a while.
For about 2 years Wor Lass and I have been discussing, now and then, the possibility of a road-trip to Italy. I have to be honest, I do fancy the idea - just not with her. I have a couple of reasons for this:-
1. She suffers from restless leg syndrome (yes, really! Google it). She won't attempt any of the potential remedies. When she gets an episode while we're travelling in the car I can't concentrate on the driving. Then, all I want to do is get to our destination as soon as possible, and after half an hour of her fidgeting I'm going mad. Journey spoiled!
2. When I go on holiday, I want to get away from it all. She will not turn her bloody 'phone off! If it's not one or other of her parents calling, it's her sister, or her daughter, or one of her colleagues who (conveniently) forgot we're away. Very rarely are any of these calls more than idle chit-chat. .....And yet again, I'm getting crosser and crosser with every word that passes between them. WE'RE ON HOLIDAY!! Leave us alone!
For a couple of months, the Italy trip has been on indefinite hold due to her parents (both well into their 80s) and sister not being in the best of health and me insisting that it's not a good idea for us to be so far away when something serious could kick-off. Now she's started making noises that I'm being daft in using this as a reason not to go. If I'm honest, I could probably learn to cope with the RLS thing, but how the hell do I convince her to only have her 'phone on for, say, an hour in the evening. Seriously, for me this is going to be my holiday-of-a-lifetime, I don't want it tainted. I just want her to disconnect while we're away, I'm sure she'd enjoy it all the more as well. She keeps saying she needs to get away, but she'll never be if she's constantly waiting for her 'phone to ring, will she?
Our summer holiday this year was ruined (for me, at least...) by her mother 'phoning to say WL's sister was getting blinding headaches and should go to the doctor. What happened? We were on our way home within the hour. OK, so it was something serious-ish and sister got admitted to hospital, but there was nothing we could do and hospital only allows 2 visitors at a time. There were plenty of other people who could (and did) visit. Holiday wasted; I might just as well have been back at work.
My mother's in her 80s and other than my brother (who, in any case, lives 150mls nearer than me) she has no other living relatives. I'm certain she wouldn't expect me to rush straight to her hospital bed from holiday if she wasn't at death's door.
Rant over (I think..........) What say you? Am I the one being unfair?