I remember chatting with someone and he said the reason why a lot of guys aren’t getting married these days is because they don’t want a liability. Truth is no one wants s a liability. When you’re going into a marriage, even though the guy is the head of the home, I’m not sure he wants to feel like if he can’t bring it at all times, then The End. Lol. I’m thinking guys would want a (strong) woman who will be interdependent with him, not dependent on him. But how does a couple find balance? Apparently guys want to feel in control (or do they?). They want it to be clear that they are able to take care of things and to an extent women want to feel secure with their man (i.e. that they can look up to him in admiration of his strength, intelligence and ability). But is there a place in the partnership (marriage) where there is interdependence and not dependence - a point where the weight is balanced and no one feels totally responsible? Uh oh, am I getting all 21st Century on y’all? I’m just thinking.
Anyways, I came across a few questions while reading recently and as simple as the questions were, they really got me thinking. The authors asked the reader to complete the following sentences:
- A wife is…
- A husband is…
- A marriage is…
When you really think about it, you probably haven’t thought to ask or answer these questions, right?
Let’s focus on the wife question though. Pause and give it some thought. How would you describe a (your potential) wife? Ladies, how would you like to be defined in the wife role? As a cook, homemaker, partner, co-homemaker? How do you see yourself in that role? I think it is very important to clearly define how you would like to be seen and consequently treated in that role because it helps put things into perspective. Guys, likewise, I think it’s important to clearly define how you see the woman that will occupy that role in your life. The key word is “clearly”. It’s probably also a good idea to even discuss it (A wife is…) with your boyfriend/fiancé and girlfriend/fiancée so that you two are on the same page cos what if y’all have two completely different definitions?? That would be a recipe for disaster! For real! Think about it. And even if your definitions are different, because they are being discussed early, you can agree to reach common ground if this is someone you love in so many other respects and want to be married to. You can agree to make it work. And I think that is real communication - talking things through even something as “silly” as how each of you defines a wife (and husband and marriage) ahead of time so no one is confused.
In essence, I say forget the stereotypes. Talk it through – albeit it lightheartedly – to get a sense of what the other person thinks. After all, what if he doesn’t really care if you can cook* cos he can and actually likes to? Do the same for what you think a husband is and what you think a marriage is. Your responses might surprise the two of you and may help the decision-making process regarding whether or not to take things to the next level.
So, what do y’all think? Please complete the sentence “A wife is…” in the comment section. I’d love to hear y’all’s definitions. Cheers!
*I refer to cooking a lot but there are other examples. That’s just the most stereotypical one I think.