Short break cut a little shorter
Last night I was counting the cabin in the woods as one of my more successful ideas. We'd been for long walks, the dog was more than happy, the cabin was beautiful and we were having such a nice time. This morning I fell into the trap of thinking life was normal so decided to lie in and listen to my favourite DJ after Ash got up. BIG mistake and one I would hate you to make which is the only reason I'm telling you all this. By staying upstairs and leaving Ash on his own there was far too much time for him to think, to panic and to wish he was at home. He completely forgot how, less than 12 hours earlier, he was saying what a great time we were having and how he couldn't wait to return in October. Now apparently he couldn't find anything, he didn't know where he was and everything was too complicated. I quickly agreed and suggested we had one last walk then pack up and go home. I also tried my best to stay calm but underneath it all I was kicking myself. I really do know better but sometimes I just forget and then have to suffer the consequences. Anyway the calmness worked and by the time we were halfway round the walk Ash was saying that it seemed a shame to cut the trip short and he was happy to stay until tomorrow morning so that was the plan. It was the plan right up until we were back at the cabin and the heavens opened. We sat inside watching the hailstones bounce off the veranda and realised that, as we weren't far from home, we might be better watching the rain from our own sitting room so we ate lunch, packed up and came back here to more familiar surroundings. The great thing is that we didn't actually miss out on anything other than a very wet walk this afternoon, the trip was mainly a success and I can now start clearing out the office a day earlier than planned.
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Loss of control is a terrible thing for men like Ash and my O.H. (who were used to being in control and making decisions). By giving Ash the power to decide it was time to come home, gave him back his dignity. Well done you!