Does he love you, or does he love ewe? Dear Pamela,
My husband is a drover, and his work frequently takes him away from home for months on end, leaving me to look after our four children. Sometimes I get so lonely I don’t know what to do. Last week, while my husband was absent yet again, a black snake came into the house, terrifying the children and myself before I managed to kill it. I love my husband (or at least I think I do) but I don’t know how much longer I can stand this solitary lifestyle. In the last five years there have been fires, floods and mad cows to contend with. I’m at my wit’s end. Please tell me what I should do.
The Drover’s Wife
Dear Drover’s Wife,
Quite simply, your husband has to choose between you and his ewes. I know many people are doing it tough at the moment, but I don’t believe for one second that an able bodied man can’t find work closer to home. You have been left on your own so much, you are in danger of losing your sense of identity. It concerns me deeply that you signed your letter, ‘The Drover’s Wife’ which indicates that this is how you define yourself. You are so much more than a wife to a largely absent man. You are a mother, a lover and a warrior. You are a woman, and never forget that. Don’t be a sheep. Your husband sees enough of them at work.
A snake drove Adam and Eve apart, but it may be the cause of bringing you and your husband together. Call him tonight and tell him how frightened you were when you saw the snake, and how much you needed him. Men like to feel they are protecting their family, and I have a suspicion this will release something primal in your husband, and he will come running home. The two of you need urgent counselling. Ask your doctor or minister or rabbi.
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