Tom decides to see a councillor after feeling life has become to stressful for him to cope with. He works so hard all week and believes others around him are not pulling their weight.
How is it fair that some people can have such an easy life, he wonders?
On the first meeting the councillor wants an insight into his life.
Councillor: So what do you do for a living?
Tom: I work as an accountant.
Councillor: And your married, I noticed the ring… What does your wife do?
Tom: Oh she doesn’t work. She’s just a housewife. Maybe that’s why I’m so stressed? I’m the sole provider for the family?
Councillor: So you make your own breakfast?
Tom: No my wife does that because she doesn’t work.
Councillor: Do you wake first in the house?
Tom: No, my wife does. Because she doesn’t work, she gets up early to make breakfast and lunches for me and the kids. I’m too tired to deal with that as well!
Councillor: Do you drop the kids to school on your way to work?
Tom: No, my wife drops them as she doesn’t work; so doesn’t have anywhere to rush off to.
Councillor: So what does she do all day?
Tom: After dropping the kids, she does the shopping, cooking, laundry, cleaning, that sort of stuff. Anything she can find to keep herself busy.
Councillor: What about you? What do you do in the evening after work?
Tom: I get home and rest while my wife makes my dinner, I’m always so tired after work. And I have to listen to my wife telling me how tired she is! She doesn’t work, she doesn’t understand what tired is!
Councillor: Does your wife rest with you after dinner?
Tom: No! She washes and cleans up then helps the kids with homework then gets the kids showered and then puts them to bed…! She’s free all day because she doesn’t have to work but somehow she’s the one whose always first to fall asleep. I don’t feel appreciated at all! I do everything for her but I feel like she doesn’t love me!
The councillor is writing something on his notepad…
Tom: So Doc? Can you help me, I don’t think I can go on like this?
Councillor: No! But I’m recommending your wife for woman of the year for putting up with you and … referring you to a psychiatrist for believing you’re the sole provider in your household!
Everybody has a role to play in this world… Everybody has different priorities… Every job is a job because there is a need for it!
No person has the right to feel more superior than another!
A housewife and a parent is a 24 hour job with no set rest periods, no sickness, no holidays. People do this job for the love of their family, they do not get paid in money but should be paid back with lots of love and appreciation…
I hope you all appreciate those around you, even for the little things they do to make your life better.