A MAN whose wife went out from 7pm to 12.30am last weekend has spent more than a week referring to himself as a ‘single parent’.
Julian Cook, aged 34, told colleagues that they have no idea how hard it is going straight from dinner to baths to bedtime without any help at all, and that he is still recovering.
He continued: “My wife went out early evening, but for at least an hour before that she was no help because she was getting ready. I was completely on my own.
“Christ what a struggle, getting them into their PJs, doing the stories, the whole lot. And under it all the chilling knowledge that I had no support network to fall back on if anything went wrong.
“By the time I got downstairs I was absolutely drained. I went on Facebook to post ‘Shout out to all the other lone parents out there’ then had a few cans. It’s all I was good for. And I tell you, I needed them.
“Didn’t even realise I hadn’t eaten until ten o’clock. Had to get the wife to pick up a takeaway on her way home. Only fair, given what I’d been through.”
Co-worker Mary Fisher said: “Julian says we’ve no idea what it’s like shouldering such a burden alone. Yesterday I caught him checking if he was eligible for Universal Credit.”