- This man likes his work, he is the breadwinner:
he enjoys a night out with the lads, while his wife is at home.
- She may also have a job but only for pin money:
she has to see to the children;
her time is spent in the home or in the community.
- Perhaps women have always been oppressed:
the menial tasks are for women in a culture that has no slaves.
- We say we believe in equality:
we strive for closer partnership, in relations with one another.
- A modern man is more domestic:
he shares the running of the home and the care of the children,
- and the woman can be more like a partner:
but unsure of a role in the partnership when all is done jointly!
- We mustn’t disturb the plant to see how it’s growing:
nor can we always examine our own relationships.
- The roles of men and women can be insecure:
we may not be allowing ourselves to grow.
- We’re no longer certain what others want:
nothing is easily laid down for us as it was for our parents.
- Our happiness finds fulfilment in what we decide to do:
not following tradition but learning who we are.
- So, God, help us become who we really are:
to delight in one another as you delight in us.