Earlier this summer, my husband did something that stunned friends, families, and acquaintances: he stopped working.
Soon after, the one question my husband fielded over and over again was this: "So, what are you going to do?"
My husband answered such questions with quips like, "Well, later today I plan to ride my bike" and "I'm going to retire." This inevitably led people to ask me the same question.
I always answered, "He's going to be a father and a husband."
Then, there came the nervous silence and a furrowed brow as my listener chewed on those words.
That was followed by wide eyes and, "But … don't you need the money?"
I can only assume that people thought we'd won the lottery.
People, of course we need money. I am not independently wealthy. We have no trust fund, and I haven't bought a lottery ticket since the late '90s.
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