When My son was born, my wife was at her parents place and my father-in-law made a phone call to my boss during night time with request to convey me the good news. During those days there were no mobile phones and I was away from Mumbai, on tour at Jalgaon. I was taking dinner with one of my friends in a restaurant at that time. My boss called the residence of my friend to locate me but his wife informed him that we are not at home. However, the lady made a call at the counter of the restaurant and the manager informed my friend to receive call. Thus he went to the counter and got the news for passing on to me. Later he came to me and broke the good news after demanding sweets.
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I experienced this problem two times. I was in Hindupur, Anantapur Dt, AP. My wife went for first delivery. Lunch I used to take in the canteen and dinner either in the friend's house or hotel. When my wife has gone for second delivery I was in Hyderabad and I used to have my sister very near to my house and she has taken care of during that period. But we have to see all the affairs of the house also when we are alone which will be very new to us.
But have closely observed during such time with my sisters. It's quiet logically to have the understanding within the couples &.we shouldn't use the word "compulsion" all through. Let's enjoy this phase & well wish the mother & the child.
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Apart from that, I've been away from home and alone on work for few months at a stretch. I got used to the life, breakfast would be quick cereals/fruits/bread. Lunch would be at the workplace. Dinner used to be whatever could be cooked during the free time or just take aways. Here the problem would be how to spend time away from family and in a foriegn place.
But afterwards, when my wife got employed in the State department of Public works (as Asst. Engineer), I had to stay alone for about two years. Luckily for her the posting was in an office close to her home where her parents were staying. So occasionally I could go there meet her as well as my children. Once she got transferred to This area the problem was got solved. However, she had to travel long distances every day to go to ogfice and come
In her absence I used to cook myself and do washing and cleaning too. I had to look after my kids as well. I did not feel any difficulty in doing these things together with attending to my profession (teaching).
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