A discussion with a family member this morning got me thinking….
I know this very wealthy family some years back. The man was a businessman while the wife was a full time house wife. I got to know later that the man refused to allow the work neither will he set up a business for her. He simply preferred her to be a full time house wife. In fact there was a joke that went round that he did not allow her to go out and work or run a business because of advances from men since she was very pretty. All entreaties from family, friends and the wife fell on deaf ears. And so, the man called the shots in the house 100%. The woman and children depended on the man 100% for all their needs. At a point, children were sent away from school when the man could not make funds transfer for the house keeping expenses and school fees.
Sadly, the man took ill and could not make it through. After the burial, the man’s family took over every reasonable property they could lay their hands on, living the woman to struggle for survival with her six children. Her life of comfort and glamour became a pitiable story. From her mansion she had to move into a very small house with her six children, courtesy of money she was able to raise from friends and her family. Her children had to be withdrawn from the very expensive private school to a public school. She had to start a small trading business to make ends meet. You can imagine the rest of the story…
I also heard of this working class couple – the husband was a banker and the wife, a teacher in a private school. With their total income, they were able to plan the family well and live comfortably. The woman was a very useful to her husband, who did not have to be relied upon 100% for her personal and family needs. In addition to this, they both pooled funds together to set up boutique and a fashion house, both of which were doing very well and managed part time, by the wife.
Unfortunately, a mass sack affected the husband. He was jobless for thirteen months. Throughout this period, life continued as though nothing had happened. There was nothing to show that the man had lost his job. His savings, the wife’s job and businesses kept the family going comfortably.
Bottom line : In all that we do, the unknown future should be included in our decisions, considerations and plans. No one knows what the future holds. Only God does. As humans, we only hope and pray for the best.
Thanks for your time.