Three times a year for three weeks each time, my life partner returns to Athens, Greece, his hometown. After we met and fell in love, he moved in with me here in St. Petersburg, I joined him several times on his trips to Athens. What I learned by being there was that, unless I was willing to learn the language, I would be bored when being in Athens, especially for multiple weeks. When he was back in his hometown, Dimitris wanted to visit with old friends. Although would go along with him, I had no idea what he and his friends were saying. The TV in Athens was in Greek. What Dimitris and I came to realize was that it was easier for him to make the trip alone than me make the trip with him. Dimitris is now planning his last trip this year in September so I must plan ahead. His being gone means I will be alone, negotiating the house and meals. In order to have assistance, I will hire caretakers while he’s gone as I have done the two trips he made earlier this year. The caretakers will help ease the loneliness while he’s gone. Because I know his time schedule for being away, I start dreading his departure weeks before he leaves. I call it pre-partum depression.
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