By Zoe Sternberg
Rachel, 55, and Harry, 58, from Scarsdale, NY, have been married for 30 years. They have two older children and one 15 year-old daughter, Lennie. Rachel complains that she constantly finds dirty dishes that her husband leaves in the sink instead of the dishwasher. Harry argues that he is usually in a rush to take their daughter to school and that the dishwasher is always full of clean dishes.
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She says: My husband has a way of using several pots, dishes, cups, mugs, etc. every morning, but he never manages to get any of them into the dishwasher, leaving me with the task. Often times the pots and dishes have oatmeal or soup stuck to them and it's very hard to clean. It is almost a guarantee that every time I walk into the kitchen, a sink full of dirty dishes awaits me. Ugh!
He says: Her version is a gross exaggeration. Most of the time there are clean dishes still in the dishwasher, so I rinse my coffee mug and leave it on top. The mornings are so busy! I make Lennie some oatmeal at 7:00am and I drive her to school. I let the little pot soak. In the morning I leave small pots out for the housekeeper, who is there three days a week, to clean.
Who wins this fight?
a) Harry should definitely wash his dishes before leaving for the day so Rachel isn't left with them.
b) Rachel should give Harry a break. Clearly he helps out in other ways.
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