A man’s simple tweet about his wife shoveling snow after a long shift sparked a wider debate about thoughtfulness and gender roles.
Jon Reyes, a government minister in Manitoba, Canada, shared a tweet on Saturday congratulating his wife for cleaning their driveway after working the night shift.
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“Even after a 12-hour night shift in the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway,” Reyes wrote in the Jan. 8 post, which included a photo of his wife – Cynthia – at work. “God bless her and all of our frontliners. It’s time to make him some breakfast. “
The tweet has since racked up over 45,000 likes, 27,500 retweets, and 17,800 comments, but not everyone agreed with Reyes’ thank-you message.
“Wait, she is [shoveling] the aisle after a 12 o’clock shift and [hasn’t] breakfast, ”a Twitter user asked.
“Why didn’t you do it? Another much appreciated comment reads. “And if you legitimately can’t for some reason why don’t you pay someone to do it for you so she can come home to a clean aisle and go straight to bed? who’s wrong with you? “
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Several other commentators made jokes or hurled insults at Reyes’ expense with the little context provided in the tweet. Many tweets criticized the minister’s work ethic because the aisle had not been cleared in advance and he had tweeted about watching a tennis match earlier in the morning.
Some Twitter users were more optimistic and forgiving, albeit few in number.
“Why does everyone assume he never helped?” Asked a commentator. “Just a thought. If I saw my SO shoveling, my first reaction wouldn’t be to go help. She’s perfectly capable. I would cook her breakfast, call her to eat, enjoy the time with her and then go out and about it. would finish what she started. “
“So where’s the outcry for years of women posting pictures of [their] men doing jobs like cleaning swimming pools, cleaning gutters, mowing lawns, etc. ? ”Another commentator disputed,“ A man makes a message and this is a huge problem? ”
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Cynthia, who works in Manitoba as a registered nurse, retweeted her husband’s post on Saturday afternoon with the message: “All I wanted to do was shovel!”
Some Twitter users accepted Cynthia’s response as a response, but the vast majority were not convinced, according to the hundreds of responses left below her post.
Twitter users who supported Cynthia’s right to shovel snow felt she was more than capable of making her own decisions as the stronger opposition launched accusations that Cynthia could have been forced to post a tweet to defend her husband. Other critics have questioned whether she is telling the truth as they cannot imagine anyone wanting to shovel snow or have energy left to shovel snow after a 12 hour shift.
A few commentators have even gone so far as to say that they believe men should take the initiative when it comes to shoveling snow, which they expressed in writing and even.
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Reyes and Cynthia are shocked by the debate their tweets have sparked, a press secretary told Fox News Digital.
In a statement provided to Fox News, Reyes said, “My wife is amazing, both at home and at work. I am eternally grateful for her and everything she does. I love her very much. glad she’s receiving the global recognition she deserves, and it reminds everyone – especially me today – that we can never do enough to show our gratitude to healthcare workers. “
Cynthia shared a lengthy statement on Facebook on Tuesday, which details what happened the night she decided to shovel and what she thinks about the responses online she received.
“What people need to know is that I came back from a 12 hour night shift in the hospital, it was a good night which, as you can imagine, was not always the case for me and my nursing colleagues, ”wrote Cynthia. “I got home before anyone woke up, after all it was a Saturday morning. As I parked in my driveway, I felt the energy to shovel the snow that fell overnight and into the morning. workout, it allowed me to relax, it’s refreshing after wearing an N95 mask most of the night, the weather was mild and it was calm and peaceful. “
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She continued, “Jon heard me shoveling, it actually woke him up and he was surprised and impressed that I had the energy after a long shift to do it, so he took a photo, cooked breakfast and posted, and the rest goes into social media history forever! “
Cynthia then mocked comments on Twitter she received recommending that she divorce her husband for shoveling, and said she loved him for being “honest, genuine and sincere” as he juggled with long hours as a politician, much like she does in the medical field.
“For us as a family, we share different chores not based on gender, but primarily on who is available to do it,” Cynthia wrote. “I would also like to mention that I dusted off my daughter’s car that morning as well, and why not? Like our family does. We take initiative and do great things for each other. “
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“We left the tweet in place in the hopes that others will see how cruel and irrational people can be,” she continued. “I hope our experience can be an example of how social media / media can totally manipulate things out of context. Really, my shoveling was an act of self-empowerment and taking care of my house and my family. “