Stay at home dad!
This morning while I was getting ready to head out to work, I bumped into our neighbor who was taking his son to the bus stop. I was planning to ask our neighbor about a nice modification he did to his house, so I walked with them while chatting about the house.
One thing lead to another and I discovered that my neighbor doesn't work! He has no job, he has not had a job for over 6 years. I was a little bit shocked, but when you live here, there's little that could shock you.
Anyway, turns out, his wife was making more money than he did, so he quit to "stay with the kid" while she went out every day to get the dough.
I was thinking on my walk back how this is quite the opposite of everything in my culture. Totally!
But then again, why not?
Would you do it? That was the thing that popped into my head! Would you as a Man stay at home while your wife goes out to earn a living for the family?
But stemming from the same cultural point, If I was a woman, would I do it? Would I go out to work while my husband stays home to take care of the kids?
I honestly don't know what people back home would think. I know I wouldn't. Before anyone accuses me of being chauvinistic or patronising I have my reasons!
First, I'm not against women having careers, or working or anything like that. In fact, I encourage it AS LONG AS SHE'S NOT FORCED INTO IT. In my cultural background, men can be forced into work, no matter how hard or dangerous. It's their duty to provide for the family. Something many men gladly undertake for their whole life, without a moment of discontent!
But not woman! A free woman in my culture would rather die than submit. I guess, we all take our pride from our women, they are the symbol of our oomph, our honor, pride and most precious values. Everything else comes next, including life itself if it came to that. Money doesn't even register compared to these very powerful values.
But it's still buzzing in my head! Would you do it? Would you allow your husband to do it?