I’ve seen this post shared among many of my Facebook friends with both rave reviews and harsh criticism, so I thought I ought to check it out.
What I take away from reading this is not a narrative on motherhood, though I can clearly see his view, but rather a glowing what-to-do of marriage. This guy gets it when it comes to solidarity in a marriage, and I bet if his wife decided to go back to work, he’d be equally fervent about her choice to do so.
I think it’s a great reminder to respect our spouse’s career, whether it be inside or outside of the home. It’s easy to envision that your partner has it easier at times, but really you’re always BOTH making some sort of sacrifice and enjoying some unique benefits.
On a day when many of us are thinking about what we’re thankful for, I feel lucky to be about to count being appreciated for what I do as one of those things.
It’s happened twice in a week, and they were both women. Anyone ought to have more class than this, but women — especially women — should damn well know better.
Last week, I was at the pharmacy and a friendly lady approached me.
“Matt! How are those little ones doing?”
“Great! They’re doing very well, thanks for asking.”
“Good to hear. How ’bout your wife? Is she back at work yet?”
“Well she’s working hard at home, taking care of the kids. But she’s not going back into the workforce, if that’s what you mean.”
“Oh fun! That must be nice!”
“Fun? It’s a lot of hard work. Rewarding, yes. Fun? Not always.”
This one wasn’t in-your-face. It was only quietly presumptuous and subversively condescending.
The next incident occurred today at the coffee shop. It started in similar fashion; a friendly exchange about how things are coming along with the…
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