An open letter written by a sad husband recently gained a lot of attention online. The said post, according to many, perfectly sums up the realities and challenges of being a stay-at-home mom.
This guy definitely learned firsthand that staying at home and taking care of the kids is not an easy thing. In fact, its not recommended for the faint of heart!
The husband, who works full-time, thought staying with the kids is a piece of cake.
According to a GoodTimes post, the husband came home from work one evening and went straight to watch a football match on the TV. His wife, on the other hand, was busy taking care of their crying son while their young daughter “ran around the hall” and “made a mess with her toys.”
Instead of helping her out, he just turned the TV volume up.
Naturally, the wife took notice and blurted out:
“You know, it wouldn’t kill you to help me out a little!”
He, however, got mad and fired back, saying:
“I’ve been slaving at work the whole day and what have you been doing? You’ve been at home playing with the kids. Cut me some slack and let me watch the TV in peace!”
She simply stayed silent and put the kids to bed.
Much to the husband’s shock and surprise, he eventually found out his wife had was long gone by the time he went upstairs.
It turned out that she actually packed and took her things while he was busy with the game.
She didn’t leave a note and her phone couldn’t be reached so he began to panic. The following day, he was left without a choice but call his office and tell them he couldn’t make it.
Needless to say, he learned his lesson the hard way.
On the second day, he wrote an open letter for his wife and shared it online.
The letter read:
To my dear wife,
Two days ago we had an argument. It was around 8 pm, I came home from work exhausted and I just wanted to zone out in front of the TV and watch some football.
You looked tired and it seemed like you were in a bad mood and I could not understand why. You had your hands full because you were carrying Evan and Leia was running around making a mess. I didn’t want to deal with all that and raised the volume of the TV.
Now I understand that I have gravely underestimated what you do for this house. What you do to care for our children and also to care for me. I cannot fathom the amount of strength and patience you have because you had to deal with this by yourself because I was not of much help to you.
I felt confined to the house. I spend every waking moment looking after the kids and at the same time I had to do the chores. I’ve been on my feet the whole time and I have not spoken to a person above the age of 5 in the past two days.
I feel mentally and physically drained. I cannot begin to imagine how you’ve been doing this for years now. After just two days of this, I feel like I need to sleep for the next 20 hours to recuperate. But that is never going to happen because Evan wakes me up every three hours, crying to be fed.
The experience made him appreciate his wife more.
I now understand why you were so frustrated with me, I am frustrated with myself for not helping you when I could. I now know the sacrifices you have made. My exhaustion from work cannot compare to what you go through on a daily basis.
I realize you had to give up your career not because you wanted to but because there was no other choice, I would never have given my job up. You do all this without even getting paid and without recognition.
I know you’ve sacrificed a great deal, you could no longer hang out with your friends, go to the gym or even sleep peacefully at night because being a housewife is a 24/7 job. I have never appreciated you for the incredible woman that you are.
I am writing this letter to tell you I miss you and I also want you to know that you are irreplaceable. I will forever be indebted to you for giving up what you had in order to this home and this family.
Your husband who is still waiting for you
This story teaches us that husbands and wives should cherish and help each other as equal partners.
When the post went viral online, numerous netizens agreed that, yes, stay-at-home parents often feel unappreciated by their spouses. This, of course, should never be the case. In an ideal marriage, partners value each other’s contributions and carry their burdens together.
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