For once, Twitter is showing a positive side of humanity – sticking up for a woman who was shoveling snow after her 12-hour hospital shift while her husband watched.
A Canadian politician, Manitoba Cabinet Minister Jon Reyes, landed on the bad side of Twitter this past Saturday after he posted a photo of his wife shoveling their snowy driveway. He wrote, “Even after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway. God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast.”
Reyes, who bills himself as a “family man” in his Twitter bio and is also, ironically, the Minister of Economic Development and Jobs, was criticized (quite rightly) for his bad taste in 1) letting his wife shovel the snow after her long shift and 2) posting about it on social media. Let me also reiterate that she worked a 12-hour overnight shift. As in, she worked all night long…and then came home to work some more. By the way, it was -2 degrees F in Winnipeg on Saturday morning.
The criticism only increased after Reyes’ wife, Cynthia, tweeted, “All I wanted to do was shovel!”
Twitter users pointed out that Cynthia’s tweet in defense of her husband was her first and only tweet on an account created just a few months ago, implying she tweeted under pressure and solely to help her husband save face.
On Sunday, Reyes issued a statement through his press secretary, which said, “My wife is amazing, both at home and at work. I'm eternally grateful for her and everything she does. I love her very much. I'm happy that she is getting the worldwide recognition she deserves, and it serves as a reminder to everyone – especially me today – that we can never do enough to show our gratitude to health-care workers."
How about picking up a shovel and showing your gratitude that way?