The Problem With Marriage
The biggest problem with marriage today is spouses feeling un- appreciated…neither husband nor wife feels appreciated. Why? Because neither person ever sees what the F*ck the other one does all day.
The stay-at-home-wife (or husband…jeeze, relax, I am going to be sexist here so just deal with it) gets up in the morning and tends to children, breakfast, school, and all that stuff while the go-to-work-husband showers, shaves and dresses for work.
He does not see his wife working, she does not see him prepping for work.
Husband leaves after pecking said SAHW on cheek. Wife cleans noses of snot and tables of dried oatmeal and squishy banana.
Husband returns home ten hours later, tie askew and hair ruffled. Kids are scrubbed and ready for bed, the house is clean and mounds of clothes cleaned, folded and put away. He pours a drink, kicks off his shoes and asks what is for dinner.
He does not see the vomit clean-up, the poopy diapers, the spilled milk. He does not hear the crying. He knows nothing of grocery shopping with multiple kids and battling with other wives with multiple kids. Husband assumes she has fed some kids, washed some dishes and then watched Dr. Phil all day. He expects some affection and appreciation.
Wife never sees husband’s horrible train commute cramped with smelly disgusting flu infected train passengers. She does not see him taking shit from unrealistic customers or kissing the asses of his stupid bosses. Wife assumes husband reads the paper on a relaxing train ride, then has coffee, talks with coworkers about last night’s game, enjoys a wonderful lunch with a customer, writes a report or two and then takes that relaxing train trip home. Wife is irritated that he can relax and not even appreciate all she has done to care for the children and maintain the house.
This is the bane of modern marriage. In the old traditional agrarian society, both spouses knew what the other did all day.
The husband left for the fields while his wife was milking cows, feeding chickens and also tending to the children. He could see this from the fields. She brought his lunch out to his tractor. He appreciated all she did. He felt loved.
When the wife felt put-out from all her work, she could see her husband toiling and sweating out in the fields as she glanced out the window while making bread in the hot oven. She appreciated his hard work for her and the family. She felt loved.
This is why farmers had so many children.
The solution to marriage in today’s world? Technology.
Give the husband video access to the home. Give the wife video access to the office. When either spouse feels put-out, they just have to look up at the monitor and see their other half cleaning vomit and shit, or kissing a boss’s ass and getting beat up by a nasty customer. They will appreciate the sacrifices they make for each other.
They will feel loved.