Thursday, 8 March 2012

In praise of Housewives

On International Womens' Day many women who are not running PR companies, writing blockbuster novels, flying fast jets, rowing the Atlantic solo or presenting TV shows may feel a little excluded. Those who promote the event-day never seem to recognise the work and achievements of a massive group of women in Britain without whose contribution we would be a poorer nation indeed - our Housewives. 

They dress and clean the kids, keep the house immaculate, ensure the fridge is always stocked, never forget a birthday, always make time to take a phone call, manage money superlatively, provide a constant emotional crutch and a mothers' touch and are imbued with a level of emotional intelligence that makes life run smoothly. They know the bin and recycling days for months ahead, the dog's flea spot schedule, are on first name terms with every other mother at the school, read the parish newsletter, have an eye for a bargain sharper than an eagle spotting a shrew, support their elderly parents, graft from dawn til midnight and yet never appear to answer the door other than looking relaxed and groomed. They can also do at least four things at once and bring universal joy by being amongst the few who still write letters. They run on a bit of sympathy and a few hugs - surprisingly low maintenance - and are resilient to most pests and diseases.

Thankyou. 

12 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

I'm no longer a housewife but even when I was, that description didn't really fit.

Perhaps because I was more of a Get-Out-Of-The-House-Wife.

The place still ran fairly smoothly most of the time, but there is nothing more tedious and uncomfortable than an immaculate house where you can't relax.

lilith said...

When I grow up I want to be a Housewife.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Well said Mr. R, let's hear it for housewives.

Anonymous said...

Raedwald, you must at some stage in your life have been around to my Mum's house. You have described its function so perfectly over the last 60 years. Mum is 84 now and Dad is long gone; but she supported his career at Shell from lab technician (read test tube washer) to Chief Chemist for Shell Chemicals, a career spanning 36 years; traveling all over the world and making home wherever they ended up. All this and raising 4 kids and walking them to school for 09:00 and being there to walk us home again at 4. Christmases, birthdays holidays and high days; washing, shopping, cooking and cleaning, she was the rock on which we were built.

"Career Women" - PAH! None of them can hold a candle to my Mum.

Coney Island

James Higham said...

Great to see you noting the day too. That's two of us now.

Demetrius said...

But who washes the car?

Anon 2 said...

No car-washes near you, Demetrius, even for emergencies?

I guess that lady might help if she must, or the youngsters might enjoy doing it - it would depend on youth and circumstances, I think. Most gentlemen might prefer not to ask her to do that.

I say Raedwald's right ... as he was earlier in making the point that those who went before us were greater than ourselves. That's how I feel, anyway.

Oh ... and Feminists are the pits.

ANDY5759 said...

You describe my Mum to a tee. Sadly our roles are slowly reversing, as she grows older I am taking on more responsibilities.

A book I am reading mentions the declining health of one character's mother. Her world is described as going from a town to a house to a room to a chair. How dare we allow this to happen to the true heroines, the glue which binds our whole culture?

What have the feministas delivered for our women? They have made career chasing obligatory where it was once optional. They have demonised housewifery to the point that housewives are considered idle and unambitious. They have brought about the conditions for the state to take over the nurture of our next generations.

Today I doff my cap to real women, whoever and wherever they may be.

Elby the Beserk said...

@ANDY5759 said

To be fair it is damn near impossible now for one person to support a family. I started mine with my ex in 1975, and whilst we had nothing to spare for years, my earning kept us going; now that is all but impossible for most people.

Progress it would seem is not all that it is cracked up to be. My mum was an old-fashioned post-war housewife; against her grain really, she worked before the war and had had a place at Girton which she could not take up as the depression gave my grandfather's rag trade business a hard time. Still she made the house our home, and taught me to cook along the way bless her.

Good one Raedwald.

Anonymous said...

The government needs taxpayers. The feminists needs power. The button factory needs workers. So housewives will soon be banned.

G. Tingey said...

Shame on you Raedwald - you really should know better.

This Kinder, Kirche, Küche, and you know it.

And, as others have very succinctly pointed out, the state of wage-slavery here is such that staying at home is NOT an option, if work can be found.
The latter is another can of worms, entirely, of course.

DP111 said...

Bravo.

Without the selfless devotion of the vast majority of women who bring up families, this nation, indeed the world, would collapse into chaos. Forget civilisation and all that - it will be total collapse.