When it comes to relationships, the days of a man being the sole provider for his household and a woman staying home to take care of the house and kids have changed. Women have now stepped up to the forefront and are being recognized for their higher education and acquiring high paying positions that were once exclusively held by men, which leads us to this Strawberry Letter.
In this Strawberry Letter, a husband writes in hurt and confused. His childhood sweetheart, turned wife, is pressing about making more money. While she has a demanding full-time job, he is left to cook, clean, take care of the kids, etc. Despite having a full-time job and a part-time job, she feels it’s not enough and that he needs to make more money…because if he won’t she’ll occupy her time with someone else who will. But, what more can he do?
Now in case you need to read the letter for yourself, see below:
“Dear Steve and Shirley,
I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 8 years and we have two wonderful children. Early on, we had problems in our marriage and we were separated for a short period, but we worked things out and I thought we were back on track. My wife admitted that during our separation, she had flings with two other guys. She compared me to the guys she had the flings with and bragged about the money and nice things they had. I am an educated guy and I have a great full-time job and a part time job for extra money, but it’s not enough for my wife. She told me that I need to be making six figures to keep her happy. She has a demanding full-time job so she doesn’t do much around the house. I cook, clean, take the kids to and from school, wash clothes, help the kids with homework, and maintain the lawn. She neglects my sexual needs, too, because she goes out most days after work, to unwind and when she comes home, she says she’s exhausted. A few days after Christmas, she told me that I need to find a nice woman that will appreciate me and the little bit that I have to offer, because she needs more. She told me that after I found her texting one of her old flings. I asked her to see the text and she showed it to me. The guy was asking her for sex again and he said that their chemistry is unmatched. I am trying to stick out for my kids, but I cannot be her doormat in the process. She doesn’t respect me as the man of this house. I am not sure how we got to this point, but she is very disrespectful. Do you think I should try to stay for the sake of my kids or make her wishes come true and leave?”
Wow, this is a tough one. I don’t care who you are or what you do, no one wants to feel less than or unappreciated.