Why Robotic Living?
The name of our blog/vlog travel site isn’t supposed to be confusing. Our last name is Rowe and we’re tired of living our lives as robots. I am fortunate enough to have been able to leave my job after our first son was born and stay home to raise the boys. This allows me to enroll them in all kinds of extracurricular activities. Most of my days are spent carpooling them around to their social lives while Jonnie is off at work. Jonnie goes to work at a youth jail and works shift work. When he works a day shift he is at work before the three boys get up and comes home when the boys are getting ready for bed. They don’t get much time together. If he works a night shift he is gone for bedtime and the morning routine but gets to spend supper time with us. Most weekends we are foursome as Jonnie heads off to work so others can enjoy their weekend away from work. It is hard to balance out school and work schedules to spend time together as a family. Jonnie is leaving us to go to work to pay for us to be a home he is always leaving. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to us.
Asking our oldest one night what makes him feel the love of mom and dad…his response was spending time with us. Not in those words, more like “When you read us good night stories and tuck us in until we fall asleep” or “when we play baseball games in the backyard together”.
The catch 22 of first world living. We were trying to make ends meet while still being able to see our three boys grow up. Having more than a family supper together a couple of times a week was important to us. How can we provide for them physically and still provide for them emotionally.
Dad-Jonnie, spent a year travelling while Mom-Allison finished her last year of University. He did this by playing online poker and staying in hostels. The experiences he had are envious, he still chats with people he encountered on those adventures. We traveled together before we had our children and wanted to continue once they were born. We always discuss an around the world trip…but one day….in the future. The conversation would stall at: Not now, we have too many bills and the three boys are too young. They have school to worry about and friends they would miss. What about our jobs and the house, the car payments and bills that pile up month after month. We can’t just pack up and leave, that would be irresponsible of us. This is how life is, we find our spouse, marry, buy a house, have kids, and buy cars. It is the norm of society, could we really break free? Families do it, we read about them and meet them on our vacations or through friends and acquaintances. We wanted to do it, but we didn’t know how and we were too timid to try.
An opportunity presented itself through one of the people we met on vacation. Hi Mike! He owns a dive shop* and needed a web site along with someone to run their SEO (search engine optimization) department. That was 4 years ago, now the dive shop has grown and they want their web master local to be on hand. The first reaction, was a scoff. We can’t uproot our lives for a dive shop. Then as the days went by our conversations kept coming back to this opening. We totally could uproot our lives and make this work. It would take some scrimping and sacrifices on our parts and the three boys, but the pros outweigh the cons. We are taking the chance. We have decided to raise our kids in a developing country, without all the glams of Canada and their comforts of home. We are calling this Rowebotic living, both Mom and Dad will be working from home (along with diving trips thrown in…PERKS) while the boys are at school and our fingers are crossed that we will have daily quality time with our kids to show them our love.
*The dive shop is called Rocket Frog divers. We made the website you can check it out here: www.scuba-dive-costa-rica.com