Melinda truly believes that dividing responsibilities at home can actually contribute to a happier, healthier relationship.
I've always wondered how it would feel to be married to someone extremely rich. Would it be like in the movies where I'd have someone at my beck and call and all I need to do is dress up, look beautiful and just enjoy the lavishness the world has to offer, or would it be different? Do they have to household chores like the rest of us, because I've always assumed that they have people for everything that needs to be done? I was pleasantly surprised that some people who have everything and more than what they need also indulge in menial chores like washing dishes. Yes, I am talking about Bill Gates, one of the world's richest man, and his wife Melinda Gates.
The two of them, to date, make sure they spend some time together before they hit the bed. So, they wash the dirty dishes together. This is a tradition they've been religiously following throughout their marriage and it's also something that's kept them together for so long. In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, Melinda revealed that she met Bill Gates when she was working with Microsoft.
They fell in love soon after, and Melinda and Bill have been married for 25 years and are proud parents to three children, Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe. The two of them have also done their fair share of charity to give back to society. However, things weren't always that smooth. Melinda revealed that there were times when she felt alone, even when she was pregnant because her husband was always busy with work.
She then spoke about how things had improved and a step to that was to do the dishes together. How did it end up that way, though? "One night I realized I was still in the kitchen a good 10-15 minutes after everybody else doing the last-minute things. Sometimes in the moment my frustration or anger just comes out." That's when she announced that no one gets to leave the kitchen until she was done.
Melinda realized that those 15 minutes of work get divvied up really fast when there are extra pairs of hands to help. All of that was done in five minutes and they all got to go upstairs together. While this is something simple, for Melinda, this is a belief she has. Dividing responsibilities at home can actually contribute to a happier, healthier relationship. Well, it looks like Bill and Melinda are going to continue washing their dishes for years to come, and maybe we can learn from them, as well.