charankanya on July 21st, 2008
“Oh, you’re a Housewife”
How that statement riles me. For the past many years I’ve been a stay at home. Living in the U.S., there was no concept of being a “housewife” ( I wonder what the means anyway….wife of the house??) I worked really hard, 24/7.….but never earned a dime. The cooking, the laundry, the dishes, cleaning the house, yard-work, raising kids, dealing with tantrums, the list is endless. I was the joint-CEO, the Human Resources Director (finding cleaning ladies, arranging play dates, etc), the Public Relations Director (“the broccoli is really yummy…..”, “share your toys”), the joint-CFO, the teacher, the chef, the maid, and so on and so forth. I could never afford to be sick, and I could never take a holiday. And, I was really good at what I did.
So , it just drives me nuts, when people here ask me if I used to work in the U.S., and I say no, I was a stay-at-home mom, and they reply, looking down their nose, “Oh, you’re a housewife”.




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