Australian dad Brad Kearns’ wife is sick. He states on his facebook page that she has liver failure, though we aren’t told much else. We do know that she’s currently spending some time in the hospital working on getting better for her family and that in the meantime her dutiful husband has quickly stepped in to take over his wife’s duties and began to raise their two children (including a newborn) and maintain the household while taking a short reprieve from his forty-hour work week.
In his post Kearns states:
It all started yesterday when I had to rush out of work. Because I'm a dad... And dads get respite for 40+ hours per week under the socially acceptable provisor 'supporting the family' while mum continues doing what women seem to so effortlessly do. "My liver has failed" read the text message from Sarah. And that's when I became the mum. It's now been 24 hours…
The busy dad finds himself with a demanding toddler and a crying infant. Like so many parents, his house and his shower will have to wait because that’s one thing babies just won’t do.
Kearns describes all-night feedings and his attempt to gently place his drowsy baby into the crib while reflecting on the special moment only to be met with immediate and shrill screams of protest after leaving dad’s safe arms. And we feel for this dad, we really do, because we’ve all been there and we remember feeling a version of ‘tired’ we didn’t know existed. Those were the days when we could barely find time to brush our teeth, let alone clean our homes and this is one dad who just got a crash course during a very difficult time.
Kearns goes on to detail his trials in a lighthearted and funny manner. Rather than focus on his family’s current raw deal, this honest dad relays his misadventures in an effort to draw attention to his amazing wife and his respect for all that she does:
I have not even mastered the ability to keep my own personal hygiene as a mum let alone the ability to keep a house, educate children, prepare meals and even venture outside for activities.
We are certainly rooting for you, Mr.Kearns, and your lovely wife; and we wish you and those beautiful children all the best.
If you’d like to continue to follow this story you can find this witty and exhausted dad here.