Last year, WTOP, a local radio station, had a contest to see who had the worst commute. The winner was a man who lives in Harrington, DE but works in Arlington, VA (specifically Rosslyn for those of you familiar with DC). He has to drive from Delaware to Maryland where he gets a commuter bus that takes him to DC. From there he takes metro from DC to Rosslyn. The commute takes over 3 hours one way and requires him to get up at 3 AM every working day. Why have a job with such a long commute? The short answers is because he’s a tradcon:
Plus, Stanford’s not a morning person. But if that’s the case, why take a job that requires a 3 a.m. alarm and a horrendous commute?
“So I could have my family live near family members and be near the church I wanted to go to,” says Stanford, who lives in Harrington, Del.
Stanford’s current job doesn’t allow him to telecommute, and he says computer programming jobs closer to home pay tens of thousands of dollars less. Delaware’s lower taxes and cost of living also make it easier for Stacey to be a stay-at-home mom.
If the family lived closer to his job, Stanford says living expenses would force Stacey to work and the children would have to spend time in other people’s care.
“I’d rather my wife be able to be the one taking care of the kids, raising them and giving them their family values,” he says.
A lot of this problem could be solved by living just a bit farther away from family members and their church. (It is likely that it is the wife who wants to live close to their family members and church.) Or it could be solved with his wife getting a part time job. Their youngest child is 9 so the desire to have a stay at home mom doesn’t completely hold water since the kids are in school. Notice how all of these solutions involve the wife having to do something or give up something.
Their kids hate how they never see their father:
“My dad’s commute stinks because I don’t get to see him often,” says 9-year-old Christopher, the youngest.
I guess kids not seeing their father is traditional and a “family value”. The wife here is denying their children time with their father just do she doesn’t have to work a few hours a week at a part time job. I suspect that if a follow up story was done on this guy in a few years that his wife will have divorced him because he’s “never around” and “never took care of the kids”.