Inspired by Steve Tilley’s list of reasons to be married to a priest I thought I’d add a Vicar’s wife’s perspective. We’ve not watched the offending episode of Rev yet – we were interrupted before viewing on iPlayer by the Vicar’s diocesan golf team partner arriving to stay over so that he and the Vicar could get an early start off to their tournament today.
Anyway, I love being a Vicar’s wife, and here are some of the reasons why:
- I have a husband who is serious about loving me as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5v25).
- We get to work as a team in all sorts of ways (hospitality, church strategy, cleaning the churchyard…)
- My husband is around to take kids to and from school, take them swimming and eat with the family most nights.
- He’s involved with the kids’ primary school and knows their teachers better than I do.
- I love it that he has lunch with me most days.
- He has to chop logs outside my kitchen window to get the fuel we need to heat our Vicarage. This is a very good view when I am washing up.
- He reads parenting books and works hard to help our children to grow up as believers and not to be wild and disobedient.
- His job comes with a huge home which is great for hospitality, even if it is a deep freeze come January.
- Parish life is never, ever dull.
- And finally, as I was told in a seminar on a Vicar’s wives conference once: ‘The advantages of midweek daytime sex cannot be overstated’.