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Jakarta Post

Should I move to Sweden to build my family?

  • Irawaty Wardany

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 16 2019   /  01:37 am

I was born and raised by working parents in Makassar, South Sulawesi, a region notorious for its student demonstrations.Since I was little, I witnessed how my mother juggled work and family matters without complaining even though she hardly had any “me” time to herself.Thankfully, she always had her support system such as domestic helpers and my father who did not mind cooking for us once in a while, or cleaning up the house, even if it was not up to my mother’s standards of cleanliness.Occasionally, my two siblings and I also became “grandmother’s children” for a few days.From my childhood experience, I had this ideal image of how a family should be and what roles each member should have. However, reality bites; finding a spouse like my father is difficult.As I grew up, I witnessed many friends getting married; some have been lucky to form families with the love of their lif...