The World Shifts – When My Husband Heads Off To Kurdistan

Hello and good morning. Our International Man of Mystery left last night for his four-week hitch in Kurdistan.

Here are a few thoughts on how it feels. * Sobs….

Anyone else on a solo parenting hitch for a while?

Any questions about this weird FIFO life we lead?

Any hankies on you? Time for me to call a pal and go for a restorative coffee.



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Posted on: October 17, 2013


  • Reply October 17, 2013


    O it is hard when partners are away. Thinking of you and hoping it get’s easier. So glad you have some help… and tea is very restorative! Lots of treats sound in order!

    • Reply October 17, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Yes, treats are the go. I must get a grip one day and write a list of all the good things about this FIFO life…. weird though it is.

  • Reply October 17, 2013


    Big hugs, Seana. I think it’s kinda okay to whinge because you do have it all in perspective. Being weepy is DEFINITELY good for the soul too.
    Glad to hear that fruit cake is with him.
    I’m hear if you ever need to chat xxx

    • Reply October 17, 2013

      Seana Smith

      I will be in need of chats… and will so enjoy reading of your adventures when you’re away. Nothing like some armchair travelling.

  • Reply October 17, 2013

    Rae Hilhorst

    Thanks for the video, I know there are support groups out there as so many families struggle with the FIFO lifestyle. I even think the woman that started up the support group is from Queensland. Hugs to you, thinking of you, your’e not alone. xxx Rae

    • Reply October 19, 2013

      Seana Smith

      No, never alone and in very good company. Have some FIFO pals on Twitter and we can all be wry together. There are heaps of good parts about FIFO too… must write that up one day.

  • Reply October 18, 2013


    It’s lovely to hear you! Love your accent!
    You’re allowed to whinge… Thinking of you, best of luck!

  • Reply October 18, 2013

    Sam F

    Oh lovely lady, it must be hard saying good-bye I could feel the lump on your throat, it must be the all or nothing nature of FIFO that’s so hard to get used to.

    Good to share though, well done you – GOOD LUCK!

    Massive hugs, Sam F x

  • Reply October 18, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Oh that was sweet. It must be tough doing it all alone and I bet that fruit cake will be much appreciated.

    • Reply October 19, 2013

      Seana Smith

      He was saying he’ll have that cake for first brekkie with a coffee at 6am or some equally hideously early time… that’ll set him up for the day.

  • Reply October 20, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    I hope you are surviving, Seana. A four-week stint solo parenting does sound like an incredibly long time and I’m sure it must affect your social life – no hosting dinner parties, no nights out at movies, no candlelit dinners etc. But like you say, there’s an upside and that is, when he’s home he has all the time in the world to spend with his family – your life is such extremes of either his absence or his presence. My husband never has to travel so is here every night of the week however he works six days a week and very long hours, sometimes not coming home before 10 or 11 at night. I get drained and tired from having to solo parent almost all of the time xx

    • Reply October 20, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Yes, that’s touch Charlie… when Paul is here he’s totally here 100% which os good… and he’s less grumpy than when he worked in the city.

      I have babysitters and I’m not afraid to use them!!

  • Reply October 21, 2013


    Seana I don’t know how you do it. I would be happy to shout you a restorative coffee sometime in the next couple of months. xxx

  • I’m not sure you need luck – you’re a pro 🙂 But Bon courage!

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