My husband rides his bike to work every day – it’s just under 21km one way. He loves to ride, get the exercise and hates getting caught up in public transport systems that rarely seem to run on time these days and are overcrowded. If you live in Melbourne, Australia, you’ll have some idea of what I’m talking about – it’s a common theme in the news. Anyway, I digress.
Graham’s been doing this trek since around October last year, so it’s a good 9 months he’s been making this trip. I guess I can’t complain that he needed to ring me to rescue him from a breakdown. He was about 2/3 of the way into work and the traffic was heavy when he rang me, but I still made reasonable time getting to him. We talked about what he would have done if I’d not been around – he expects he probably would have had to call a taxi. His derailer had disintegrated and the chain broke, and he was still too far from his office to walk the rest of the way in his cycling shoes.
It is at times like these that I am reminded of how good it is that I’m free to just hop in the car and run to rescue a member of my family. I don’t have to ask for permission to go, I shot off an email to a client to let her know I wouldn’t be around for our weekly phone call but I’ll catch up with her later in the day, and I was on the road within 5 mins of getting his phone call. This is one of those ‘hidden benefits‘ I’ve written about in the past. The ability for flexibility and being available to family as they have the need. This is why I started working from home all those years ago – to be here for family. KMT