This week, I lived like a “normal*” American family with two parents in the home and I have barely survived to tell the tale.
Part of it is that we need to get our sea legs, get used to new routines and new tasks to complete without my mom around to help. Part of it is that parenting with just two adults in the house is hard!
It’s said that that nuclear family was created with the idea that only one person needed to work to bring in enough to live on. And here we are, in the 21st century, doing as many other families do – dual income household with school aged children who get sick and require to stay home and how does anyone get any home or professional work done?!
After this week, I’d like to call-in American culture and say – this is inhumane! Can we re-embrace villages, three/four-generations homes? Can we create a world where our economic success doesn’t come at the cost of our physical and mental health?
Maybe by week 2 or 3 I’ll be so in the weeds I can’t even remember what it was like to have a third adult in the house. The lack of brain space and mental calories to burn on this injustice is what continues to drive this culture.
*I quote “normal” family only in what is stereotyped as normal by our culture. I acknowledge that families of all kinds exist and those are as “normal” as any other family structure.
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