It started with war...
this idiom we now use to describe hard 'get your hands dirty' kind of work .
in the trenches
We sometimes forget that it's original meaning involved actual battle with weapons and enemies and the threat of death...that's a little more than just hard work...it's survival.
Parenting can take you down into the trenches.
It’s dirty down there…and sometimes stinky.
You get messy and you slip on the mud and muck.
You feel like you're fighting for your survival.