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The balancing act of marriage and parenting

By Marsha Gomes-Mckie

A couple of months ago, the priest, at the beginning of his sermon asked all couples to sit next to each other. There was little movement in the church as those involved in ministries found their spouses. Then he said, “Take the children from between you and sit next to each other.”

There was a pause and then more movement. My husband and I hadn’t considered that we weren’t sitting next to each other, even though our child sat between us. That was how the family sat, which is also indicative of our relationship: we protect and enclose. It’s a tag team: she’s under the umbrella and we each support a side.

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