Today, I went to the food court in the mall near my work. It is only couple of minutes away. While I was having my lunch at MacDonald’s I noticed two different tables. On both the tables there were a father and his son having lunch. If you are not from the Middle East, you may not find anything abnormal in this observation. In Jordan, this is something new to the culture.
I want to mention that schools are on holiday these days. Therefore, it is normal that the kids are out of school at noon.
Because I got used to eating out alone I engage myself trying to figure out other people’s lives, sometimes.
I don’t know what the fathers situation here, but it was something that I took notice of.
Jordan used to be husband at work and wife at home. It is no longer the situation now. Although, both parents work it is still the responsibility of the wife to take care of the children. Basically, doing everything a stay-at-home mom does because not many Jordanian men like to do any house chores.
Another thing that is new to the culture is the increasing number of divorce cases.
These men could be divorced and today is their day with the child.
Or the Jordanian father is now sharing the responsibilities of raising children since he is now no longer the only one putting food on the table.
Or maybe with the rising unemployment rate, these two men could be having some quality time with their kid while waiting their next opportunity.
In a working day, it is unusual to see a man with his son having lunch at noon in a mall. This is of course very normal in other big cities but not here in Amman. This just shows how the demographic and the culture of Jordan is changing.