As I've thought about his comment I've been impressed and thankful for his understanding of how marriage is supposed to work. He already understands at five years old that marriage is a partnership. While we each have responsibilities to fulfill we need to help each other to fulfill those responsibilities. This vacuuming situation is just one example. In my marriage my wife and I have decided that I would leave the home each day and earn the money that we need to support our family and she would stay at home and nurture and care for our children and home. However, there have been times in our marriage where I haven't been able to make enough money to cover all of our expenses. My sweetheart was willing to do some babysitting and help earn a little bit extra money to get our family through those times. At other times when Cami hasn't been feeling well or it's been an especially hard day I help her by taking out the trash, doing the dishes, vacuuming, making dinnner, etc. Just like oxen pulling a wagon in the 19th century we are a team yoked to one another and need to pull together (no I'm not comparing my wife to an ox, she is the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on!).
Marriage is teamwork and the beauty of it is that when the going gets tough we have covenanted to one another and to God to "pull together" until we are through the difficult time. I am grateful to be married to a wonderful woman and that we are a great team. I can't imagine going through life without her. Now, think oxen and go "pull" with your wife (or husband, as the case may be).
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