Wives in the hobby
In one of the discussions today, a point was made about wives in the hobby:
Tom also keeps referring to the fact that his wife has helped alot on the layout by making things like trees and bushes. He also mentioned that he is lucky to have a wife who isn't resentlul of the amount of time he has spent on the hobby. I think the fact that he includes her in this activity and values her contribution makes it easier to keep their relationship going and viable. Too bad you couldn't have gotten her to answer a few questions along these lines. It would have made the interview more interesting and probably taught a few of us how to keep from letting our model railroading interfere in our marriages.
I believe it is worthy of a goodly discussion. We men frequently mention "negotiations with the powers that be" or other similar phrases, about acquiring space in the home for a model railroad. Occasionally, there is a bit of disdain in the comments. Maybe that's just me reading in to the comment, but having been in clubs and heard comments live, I think not.
I am blessed with a wife who understands her "train guy". We are able to communicate about how to accommodate my hobby, and even include her where she's interested. I also know guys who have to barter time or space for the hobby, with varying degrees of angst. Something seems to be amiss there, but from where I'm at I don't have answers.
Maybe we can have some dialogue here, including from spouses, concerning what, who, how, when.
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