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Caveat: One person’s opinion – will not work for all.

Helping your wife to bring your child into this world involves more than one day. It is much more than building tree houses five years too early, anxious pacing of corridors or clumsy attempts at home videos in the delivery ward.

Pregnancy is a magical and priceless journey. If it is your first, you will never ever experience that same depth of joy and thrill, I reckon. Even if you are a confirmed atheist – there will be moments during this journey when you catch glimpses of The Light.

That marvellous journey ought to start, at the very latest, when she first breaks the good news.

Be there, for her morning sickness, her crazy craving for strange food during even crazier hours of the day or night. Hold her hands during the pre-natal classes. Be gentle and loving, kind and considerate – she is the mother of your child, and she will make you a father.

Show her how much you love her. Whispering sweet nothings help but by themselves, mean very little. Wash and clean, and take out the rubbish – and, put down that toilet seat! It’s not a man-thing, it’s an inconsiderate slob-thing.

Do all of this and more – without being told.

Oh, one minor reminder, for minor it is and take this from me, the quintessential workaholic and darling of employers – your work can wait!

Show her your love.

Now is the time to show her what it means to be – her man!

(And for mama-dramas, before you see this as license to go overboard – wait until next Monday and read what it means to be – his woman!)

Heh! Heh! Heh!

************ Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2014 ************

The Entomologist