My old boss came in one day and handed me a paper. On it showed an old article from Housekeeping Magazine circa 1955. It explained the duties and roles of a housewife. We joked and how different life was back then. I immediately thought of my sweet grandmother because this is her. She still does this and we pick on her for it, but this was the way life was when she was my age.
Over sixty years later and the views of a housewife have changed. No longer are the wives thought to be stay at home moms who cook for their husbands, tend to the children and ensure the house is spotless upon his arrival. Don’t get me wrong, it still is perfectly acceptable way of life, it just isn’t everyone's cup of tea.
I am asked multiple times before each event if someone can attend even though they are not a housewife. So I wanted to share what I think a housewife is.
A housewife is a woman who handles her day to day activities with grace - okay sometimes chaos too.
A housewife is a woman who juggles the different situations that comes her way.
A housewife is a woman who supports her household and everyone within in - the good and the bad.
A housewife is a woman who is strong through all the struggles she encounters even when she wants to crumble.
A housewife is a woman who is brave when accepting change and not knowing the uncertain.
A housewife is a woman who fights to become a better person each day even when she falters.
A housewife is a woman who admits defeat when it gets a little hard.
A housewife is a woman who works. Whether it is at home, at the office or being a stay at home mom. It’s all work in the end.
A housewife is a woman who loves the life she lives and the life she has created.
When I first started blogging for Charlotte Housewives, I received a few questionable responses. Why would I be the blogger that was chosen? I was a divorcee single mom at the age of 26. How was I considered a housewife when I was not even a wife.
Well, today in the 21st century I think we can all appreciate that many things have changed. A housewife can be the single working woman living on her own. The newlywed who is still figuring out married life. The work at home mom who loves to grab drinks with friends once a month. The wife who works during the day while dad stays at home with the kiddos. The empty-nester with free time to enjoy it with friends.
and –of course- the single divorcee mom at the age of 26.