August has 31 days, right? Okay…so I’ve got my calendar out in front of me and here is what I see — “O.T” marked in a circle on 9 days, which means “overtime” which are 24 hour shifts that Rich works on top of his normal 24 hour shifts at the fire department. So then, including his 9 days of overtimes this month, he also works 11 days this month for his regular shift. So then that is 20 days at work, away from us. TWENTY 24 hour shifts. Only home 11 days with us, here and there, scattered throughout the month. When Aislynn (2 and a half years old) talks to her daddy on the phone lately she says, “Daddy…home.” It’s so sad. The other day at his work picnic I left for home before Rich and some of the big kids because it was getting late, and Aislynn ran up to Rich and said, “Daddy. Come home.” And he said, “I am. I’m coming home later tonight.” and she just looked up and said, “Come home now.” Rich and I just looked at each other and we both thought the same thing: We have to do something to fix this.