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Prompted By Inequality

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FLU SEASON,  3:00am

HE  (coughing,  wakes spouse)    “My throat’s killing me,  I think I need some warm milk and honey.”

SHE  (sleepily)   “Oh, you poor boy,  I’ll go fix it.”

She gets out of bed,  puts on her bathrobe and slippers,  and trudges off to the kitchen.

TWO WEEKS LATER,  3:00am

SHE  (coughing,  wakes spouse)  “I’m afraid I’ve caught your flu.   My throat’s killing me,  I think I need some warm milk and honey.”

HE  (sleepily)  “Oh, you poor girl,  go fix it.”

She gets out of bed,  puts on her bathrobe and slippers,   and trudges off to the kitchen.

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Dana Susan Lehrman

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Comments

  1. Laurie Levy says:

    This is a reflection of inequality between men and women of a certain age, even men we love.

  2. Betsy Pfau says:

    Sounds very familiar, Dana. We do pamper them, don’t we? Mine wants to do the right thing, but somehow, he doesn’t quite know how…must be something I’ve failed to do.

  3. Dave Ventre says:

    I had the inappropriateness of such an attitude hammered into me at a relatively young age!

  4. Suzy says:

    I’m happy to say this is not my household! But all too common, I’m sure.

  5. Marian says:

    Oh, yeah, Dana, I get it. Wish it were different, but I agree that the next generation is a lot better. My niece’s fiance takes excellent care of her. I’m jealous!

  6. Khati Hendry says:

    Ouch! You paint the picture so clearly and succinctly, well done.

  7. Uh huh. Sometime my gender is so overtly lop-sided as to make me blush with embarrassment. But still I subscribe.

  8. Joe Lowry says:

    Unfortunately, it happens to often. One partner is the taker, the other is the giver. Let’s hope other actions make up for the deficit.

  9. I was hoping this was merely a “theater piece,” representing a certain habit of (gendered) mind, a certain previous generation. But oops, I’ve read the comments and stand here, chastened.
    Well, good theater piece anyway.

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