“When my wife was pregnant with the first child, I didn’t have any job so we decided that I’ll stay at home. And she was impatient to go back to work after every new birth, so it stayed like this. But she’s very involved. School is the highest priority, and if they succeed at school it’s all thanks to her. As soon as she comes back from work she does homework with them.
I only do the “auxiliary” stuff to make their life easier so that they can focus on the important things. I go buy groceries, I prepare the food, do the laundry and the cleaning, etc. It’s a lot of time alone and a lot of the stuff is not very sexy, but at the end of the day I know I do everything for my children. People ask me: “When are you going to find a real job?” It is a job! And there’s no week-end, it’s like this every day, even during holidays. They don’t understand but it doesn’t matter.
I’m very close to my children. When they come home from school they tell me everything. They don’t have much time for lunch but they still hurry to come back home to eat. It was difficult for me when they started to go out more often. If it was only up to me I’d close the door and say: “There’s no going out, you have to stay here (laughs)!” I was never happier than during lockdown; my wife was working from home and no one could go outside! I like it when we watch a movie together or play games because then there’s no school or work. There’s only us 5 together. And it feels like nothing exists around us. I know that a time will come when they will leave the house, but I hope they’ll want to see me often.
I consider myself very lucky in life. My wife is happy the way I am, and I’m happy the way she is. Many people feel the need to go out and work, but I’m happy just like that. I don’t have a salary but at every moment of every day I know why I’m working. Family is the only thing I really care about. That’s also because of the war… I was in the army in Sarajevo during 42 months…”
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(Rues-Basses | translated from French)