So many women, myself included, get into the habit of complaining about our husbands and all the things they do or don't do. He forgot this, he didn't do that, he said such-and-such. When I stop and think about it though, I can't imagine what I would do without my husband, Justin. I depend on him for so much in my life. For everything from finances to emotional support. Even all the little things, like taking the trash and recycling to the curb on trash day, add up. We are partners in everything we do and I depend on him every moment of every day. We have our disagreements, but I know at the end of every day he has my back.
Something she didn't touch on in the book at all, but that I was super curious about, is her finances. She never mentions how losing her husband's income affected her. I would think, especially expecting her first child, that it would have been a big deal. Losing Justin would devastate me in a number of ways, one of which would be financially. His income IS what we live on. My income covers our older children's daytime care expenses with a very small amount left over. Thinking of this made me realize how desperately we need to update our life insurance policies. When we got the policies over 10 years ago we had no children and were barely starting out in our adult lives. Another important topic this book made me think about was guardianship of my kids if something were to happen to Justin AND I. About a month ago we spoke with our accountant about the need to set up a will and other papers that would say what would happen to our children and money if something happened to us. I REALLY need to get on this!
I'm so glad I chose to participate this month and read Signs of Life. It was really an eye opener for me!
During the fifth month of her pregnancy of her first child Natalie Taylor is devastated by the sudden death of her husband. Her journey with grief is chronicled in the memoir Signs of Life. Join From Left to Write on March 29 as we discuss Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor. As a member of From Left to Write, I received a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.