I love that, Natasha. They vegetarianism would be more difficult to take. ;-)
By the way, the young man in question wrote me back. He did come out to his parents, and they were completely accepting.
He was surprised that they barely even reacted.
Sometimes maybe we build angst up in our own heads.
Wow. Wish I had this book when my kids were young and at home. I’m going to buy it anyway, because it will inform the writing of my memoir, which largely takes place during that time. 50 claps for you!
I see that a number of the comments already posted fall into one or more of the following categories:
Great piece. It is genuinely interesting, both in real and sociological terms, how ‘house work’ still ‘falls’ to the female member of the pairing. Almost without thinking, instinctively it’s how the dynamic tends to work. Clearly this shouldn’t be the case. I guess in a decade or two a ‘house robot’ will be brought in for this purpose, no doubt the producers of said robot will give the product a female name…
I would start this with “Am I the only one…” but clearly I am not. I was the dad in the play group, the one who makes dinner most nights (and cleans up when I don’t), the chief laundry doer, since she cannot manage the stairs with a load…and for those things I don’t do, I hired a housekeeper to come in twice a month about six weeks into our marriage. You got the lemon sweetheart.
Gemma, great personal resolution to balance work and life for your partnership. The takeaway seems to be it is a a lot of work, takes time, energy great listening skills to achieve balance between two individuals in a union trying to move as one through this life.
Thank you for writing this Cassie! I feel like the subject is so tender because you have two groups of people intersecting at the same time who are fighting for their voice. When I say two groups this is where I feel like it’s hard to have conversations without people getting upset, and I appreciate the way you write because it means that people can…