Why mining wives/partners ROCK!

Why mining wives/partners ROCK!

From the MiningFM archive: this column was written a few years ago by one of our gorgeous contributors Sarah Long. Of  course we acknowledge that not all miners are men, and that not all mining partners are women, however this was written from the personal experience of Sarah and her mining wife/partner friends. Sarah arrived in Australia from the UK in early 2010 and met her Mr Miner soon after. They’re now married with a little boy, and Mr Miner still does drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) in country NSW.

  1. WE’RE super-organised. Or should I say, you’re super-organised. The number of women who are running a house, a job (or even a business) and bringing up children on their own for weeks or months at a time amazes me. I manage myself, my job, my writing, my house and tidying up after Mr Miner – just about!
  2. WE CAN tackle any job. Blocked drains, furniture removal, bake sales, maths questions, giant huntsman/cockroach/moth infestation – when there’s nobody else around to get a job done, we make it happen! (Please note: chasing a huntsman with a huge can of hairspray while screaming still counts as “tackling it”.)
  3. WE’RE not needy. I don’t really like the term “needy” because it’s a negative word used by unaffectionate men. It’s OK to need someone. It’s part of being in a relationship, a bit of give and take. What I mean by “not needy” is that we understand that our partners have to be away, and sometimes that means no communication too. We can cope without 10 texts and two phone calls a day. In fact we can pretty much cope with one phone call a week, as long as they tell us that they miss us like crazy when they do call.
  4. WE’RE flexible. Christmas in January? Anniversary a month late? Birthday before he goes back to work? We’ve all been there and would do it again a hundred times, because it’s not about the date, it’s about celebrating the occasion with the one you love.
  5. WE’RE the best homemakers. OK, so maybe it’s a two-hour scramble to make the place look presentable before he gets home, but as far as anyone else knows we’re the housewives from heaven!
  6. WE’RE supportive. When he’s been away for weeks, and work/the kids are driving you mad, this one can be a bit harder to deliver. But most of us have chosen to be in mining, and we’ve made the decision together. Whether it’s meeting them at the airport, cooking a nice meal the night before they leave, or letting them moan about the travel, we’ll be there.
  7. WE’RE resourceful. Moving around is all part and parcel of the mining lifestyle. So when it comes to moving house, making new friends, packing, unpacking and then doing it all over again, we manage without too much fuss and upset (or at least only one meltdown each time!)
  8. WE’RE capable. We can cope with most things: car breakdowns, power cuts, sickness, 12 hours in the office and/or with screaming kids, all with nobody else there to cook us dinner or tuck us into bed at the end of the day.
  9. WE’RE brave. One of the most common questions I get asked is, “Are you OK in the house alone when Mr Miner’s away?” I will admit that sometimes I double check the front door’s locked before I go to bed, but I have non-mining friends who sleep with the light on every time their partner’s away. Can you imagine what our electricity bills would look like if we did that?!
  10. WE’RE happy in our own company. There are times when you stay up a little later because you don’t want to go to bed alone, or occasions when you don’t really want to go to a party on your own again, but for the most part we can quite happily entertain ourselves for a few weeks at a time.
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