Does it sound weird to say how much I miss my work husband?
I don’t want to sound ungrateful … or even disloyal… to my everlasting, 24 hour kitchen sink partner, Ross. After all, he is the father of our kids and in the new WFH lockdown regimen, I guess he might qualify as a sort-of work husband too. After all, we now share the same printer…
But somehow, 9-5 work husbands are different – work wives too.
My work husband is the Only Human Stories designer, Clive Jones. Twenty years plus working together and now we’re trapped in zoom and border closures. I haven’t seen Clive in the flesh for almost 2 years but I still couldn’t imagine work without him.
In our years together we’ve slain dragons, faced off deadlines, cranky clients, bad ideas and lukewarm coffee. Clive is brilliant, loyal and true like all the best work spouses are. When one of us is off our game, the other holds the fort, puts in the extra hours and politely looks the other way if you’re completely losing the plot.
Lots of clients think we’re ‘kitchen-sink married’ but we’re not. Only the name ‘Jones’ is the same. However it’s true that we did first meet on a dance floor. We were 12 years old and it was our primary school graduation dance and I remember a lot of treading on each others toes.
Years later we met up again and luckily he’s a better designer than he is a dancer. He’ll probably hate that I’m writing this post but hey, when do work spouses ever get the praise they deserve?
Do you have a Clive or Cleo? Want to give a shout-out to your better work half? Tell us about that partnership in the comments.
It’s only human to show the love!
Pictured is Work Husband no.1 Clive Jones on the left, Moya in the middle and Work Husband no.2 photographer Dean Golja on the right.
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