For anyone who doesn’t already know, T went part-time several months ago, first dropping to 32 hours to test the waters, and then dropping to 28 hours. I was immediately skeptical when she first brought up the idea, but I eventually decided to let her try things out. In hindsight, I think ultimately I wasn’t ready to give up the money, lifestyle, etc. that I/we were used to.
It did not take long for me to realize it was the best decision we ever made. In fact, I’m ready for her to drop to even less hours (sorry to T’s boss). The energy, happiness, etc. she regained is priceless. She has more time to play with the kids, more time to run some of those family errands, more time to attend field trips, more time to volunteer at school, etc. (Oh, and she has far more time to blog. Wait… she doesn’t blog. Feel free to comment about that one; I haven’t been successful convincing her to try it. ;) As it turns out, the lifestyle I was used to was ridiculous by comparison. It’s hard to believe now how selfish I was being.
Anyway, this is for all those husbands out there who, like I did, think “it’s not time to think about that yet” or think things are just fine as is. I didn’t realize how completely exhausted my wife was with life until we took the plunge. Perhaps you don’t, either.
There’s quite a bit built into Paul’s statement, by the way.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
– Ephesians 5:25 (ESV)
Meditate on that one.
Sorry for those single-earner husbands out there… this wasn’t for you. You were the smart ones from the beginning.Share on Facebook