A break from workaday
October 12, 2007
Sometime back I revealed the imminent incoming of new life into my family of two. The prognosticators of the medical profession say the date will be the 23rd of January and in preparation for the arrival my wife and I have been brainstorming. What will our lives look like when he or she moves from the interior womb life and enters the fray? (We have decided to let the birth reveal the sex) Who will take care of the child when maternity leave is over and we both need to be in the workforce?
Yesterday a ray of light shone through and my supervisor has graciously allowed me some leeway in my future schedule. It will go something like this: G goes back to work after three months with babe and I start paternity leave for 1-2 months. I return back to work on a reduced schedule opposite G so that the babe will always be in our care. This gift will last until babe turns one and then we will need to reassess. The details have not been finalized but after the talk with my supervisor I feel the joy of this surprising opportunity.
And this relates to my dream job how? Well I imagine (and this may all be imagination) that I may have some space in my days while watching the infant child–to pound away on this keyboard or scribble in my journal or float some watercolors onto a page. As I watch this new life take shape I can fuel my own creative urges and release the pent up energies of this being.
Perhaps we will see that we do not need as much money to survive and the trade-off of being with the child is worth less savings. Maybe my imaginative dwellings will go wonderful places and transform into work of another kind that lends pecuniary support to our materialistic needs.
Either way I’m excited to have the chance to be a father and for a time the primary care giver. I know this is not a traditional role for the males of our society but an arrangement that works well for our life situation and suits this non-typical man. And I may have a little more time to dream of the job that I want to bring into reality.
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