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And Then it Got Quiet

My husband is gone.

No, not for good.

He’s off to the wild wilderness otherwise known as Up North. My dad and brother have enlisted him to join in on their manly adventure to hunt turkeys.

Yeah, because turkeys are really mean and scary and such and need to be killed with a shotgun.

I’m sure there will be some drinking in a small town bar, cigars will be smoked and wind will be broken. These are manly men. These are the three most important men in my world.

I’m not worried about the turkeys, though. I’m sure they’ll be fine. My dad and brother have come home empty-handed since they started this turkey trot. I can’t imagine my husband will be much better, he hasn’t shot a gun in years and when he did it was only at targets, not at moving fowl.

A few days ago, I was joking that I couldn’t wait to get rid of him for the week. I could barrel down and get some work done without the usual distractions. You see, my husband talks a lot. I’m sure I’ve complained about mentioned it before.

So, after I made this joke he reminded me of something. Apparently, since we pledged to spend our lives together, since we said those fateful “I do’s,” we have never spent a night apart.

I make a joke and he goes all romantic and sweet on me? When did I become the guy? Yeah, I felt like an ass.

Now, we didn’t vow to spend every night together, it just kind of happened that way. And I guess I never realized it because we spent so many nights apart before we were married.

Last night was the first time in almost 5 years that my talkative-but-with-a-cute-accent husband didn’t sleep beside me.

We kissed and said goodbye.

“Don’t get shot,” I chided. He laughed me off. Then, I had to say it, “Don’t shoot my dad or my brother, that would suck.” He laughed some more but didn’t promise not to.

He drove away. I shut the garage door. And then it got quiet. Real quiet. Pin-drop quiet.

I thought the silence would be a relief but now I’m wondering how I’ll make it 4 days without hearing his voice.

Who am I freaking kidding? This is going to be fantastic! The house to myself, no stupid television blaring in the background, and he won’t be yelling at some video game that he obviously can’t play very well.


And since he is so very far away and can’t yell at me, I’m going to share a little video with you. When Team Detroit (#detchevysxsw) were on their way to Austin my husband promised to sing at an ongoing karaoke event if they won. They won big!

Here’s my husband singing “I’m Your Man” by Wham! Yep, he’s my man.


A few minutes after I finished this post I got a phone call. My husband hit a deer. My husband is fine and the deer ran off. The car, our only car, didn’t fare so well. It doesn’t sound like it’s going to pull through. Oh, but I got to talk to my husband many times during the course of the night.

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Reader Comments (10)

Nice post. Really glad you're keeping this blog personal. And happy to know you both in real life.

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave Peckens

I think this post goes down as one of my favorites. As much as I love my husband of many years (almost 30 this summer), I do like when he's out of town and miss him at the same time. So glad to hear Andy didn't get hurt in the collision with the deer... bummer about your car though.

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Glad he's ok. And yes, the first time apart is the hardest. (especially going to sleep)

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA. Watts

Luv the Techkaraoke | Detroit video! Glad that Andy is ok after hitting a deer. Too bad it got away...could have made venison stew!

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKitoula

Thanks everyone! Still waiting to hear the news about the car.

April 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

I am sorry I missed the Karaoke night!! He is rocking it out!!

Hope everything works out with the car and glad he is okay!

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Favreau

What a sweetly touching, unexpectedly dramatic essay.

Oh, and did I mention superbly written? Meaningful, memorable storytelling in 540 words is not easy.

Thanks for this gift, Becks.

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Stamm

glad ur hubbys ok! i guess u can have venison instead of turkey now.

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter++MIRA++

Aww shucks, Alan. You & Catherine are making me blush. :)

April 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

Really glad to know George Michael is feeling better, I'm sure Simon Cowell will be impressed. Bet he didn't realize it was such a long song.

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