Australian radio legend Philip Satchell is to become a father for the fourth time at 70. He and his musician wife Cecily, 39, are expecting their first child together in April. The couple married four years ago and at first decided against having children. Then Philip had a change of heart.
It was originally my idea. I thought ‘what a waste of a good woman not to have a child’. I’d been seeing a lot of people struggling with their children lately and I thought ‘I’m crazy not encouraging Cecily to do this’. I know she is a strong, sound woman and would be a wonderful mother. I asked if she’d like to and she said ‘yes’ quick as a flash.
Philip’s sons Andrew, 40, Tim, 38, and David, 37, from his previous marriage encouraged him when learned that they were trying to have a baby.
They were constantly asking, ‘When is it going to happen?’ It won’t affect their lives that much, but they’re all pleased.
Philip has two granddaughters, Annabel, 2, and Eleanor, 10 months, and he hopes that both they and the baby will help keep him fit.
I won’t have much time with that child, but clearly it’s better with a child to have a life than not to have one. It’s not a way of filling in my life, but of transforming my life. It will keep me very fit.
Cecily admitted that she had put motherhood out of her mind,
I was surprised because we’d discussed it and decided we wouldn’t have children. I was happy with that. We have a good life and a happy marriage, but when we talked about it I thought it was a great idea. I think it surprised a lot of people, but we’re very happy and excited.
She will take six months maternity leave from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Philip will stay home full-time with the baby.
We know we’re in for a change, but it’s very exciting. I think the child is very lucky to have Philip at home all the time.
Source: Adelaide Now
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