Normal According to Ellen Goodman

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” Ellen Goodman

The above quote from Ellen Goodman eloquently highlights the paradox of our modern lives. Work for things you want to own, because you think you need them, and then never use them because you’re always working.

After my daughter was born in 2011 my wife and I decided that it would just make more sense for her to stay home and raise our daughter rather than us both working full time jobs. If we were to both work full time we would inevitably need a nanny to watch our daughter and neither of us were comfortable with that. It may sound old-fashioned (or dare I say sexist) but our vision of the American dream was for the father (me) to work while the mother (my wife) stayed home and took care of the children.

This October I will be leaving for the Navy’s basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois and we will continue to allow my career to provide for us while my daughter is raised by her mother – the way I think it ought to be.

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”

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