The Housewife

I don’t care what anyone says, that’s a job.

Mrs E got hired at a nursing home a little while back for a full-time nursing position, so all the household chores and stuff moved over to my plate. So far, I’ve done these things in the last 8 hours:

  • Changed and cleaned the litterbox and the poop closet (as opposed to routine scooping)
  • Did 3 loads of laundry
  • Did 2 loads of dishes
  • Cooked gravy steaks, rice, and corn for our supper tonight without setting off smoke alarms
  • Did some more work for Chez Ebbles between these chores

Yesterday, I vacuumed the place and squared away the living room, then cut the housekeeping short to run errands with Mrs E. Tomorrow I’ve got another large chunk to cross off my to-do list.

That’s nothing to a real housewife. They take care of kids, they go grocery shopping, run errands, clean up after everybody else, and they cook 3 meals a day as opposed to 1. Day in and day out. And they don’t even get paid for it. I’m not a stranger to this, but the last time I was the Strangely Masculine Housewife of the family was…yeah, 2002. I’d forgotten what a job it was.

So, this post is for all of you full-time housewives and househusbands out there. In case anyone hasn’t told you this lately, thanks for keeping households all over the world running smoothly.

Now I gotta go get out of this French maid outfit. Fishnets chafe.

6 thoughts on “The Housewife

  1. DBBromley

    Bravo,sir! 😉

    I’ve got it easy being deployed. My wife is managing the house, four kids under teens, the dogs, the garden, my truck, and the finances … I got an EASY year! 🙂

    And, yes….she IS the better half, and I do tell her as often as I can call her, what a great job she is doing….although she repeatedly promises to give me a big kiss, then a throat punch once I get home again! 😉

  2. Hauptgefreiter

    seconded 😉

    Due to lack of experience I can’t comment about any French-maid-outfit related issues, though 😉

  3. Northern heathen

    Sounds too much like the queen song “I want to break free”
    Eat your heart out Freddie mercury.
    I have to say my mrs is coping well with me floating off around the country, however my work isn’t as dangerous as db’s

  4. Becky Ratliff

    @Chris – Good job getting all that done in a day, plus your work besides.

    @DB – Thank you for your service — and my hat is off to household sixes everywhere. 🙂

  5. Christopher Roe Post author

    DBBromley/Hauptgefreiter: 😆

    Northernheathen: I found the video for that song. I don’t know whether to bleach my eyes or die laughing. 😀

    Becky: Looks like I made up for it by not getting much in the way of housework done on Sunday. Drat.

  6. Highland Piper

    I’ve been a house husband for six years and there is a lot of time I wish I was back at the Police Department working 45-60 hours a week again dealing with high stressful situations because it was just damn easier than being a house husband and taking care of my four children 24-7. Back then getting a day off was great because I actually got to see my family. Now if I actually do get a day off I look at them and say, “What? Your still here?”

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