March 09, 2004

D-Day Plus One

In which Will feels heroic for doing the things Jane usually does every day.

It's common to lampoon a husband's feelings of achievement in the area of childcare at a time like this (in the movies, at least, and on TV), and I think that's wrong. I've gotten the kids up, fed, dressed, and in David's case off to school; I've washed the dishes; I've gotten the carseat ready to bring Mary home from the hospital; and I don't usually do these things.

What's not to be proud of?

But then, I've always found it remarkably unperceptive to say that "so-and-so is just a housewife...." Keeping a household running smoothly is a lot of work, and a valuable skill.

Posted by Will Duquette at March 9, 2004 10:28 AM

Deb said:

If I had to choose between being the sole breadwinner of the family and being a stay home mommy, both of which I have done, I'd take going out to work any day--running a home and staying home with the wee ones is HARD work. And you dont really realize it until you've done it for awhile.

Good run out and get a box brownie mix and make it for her so the house smell divine when she comes home.

Will Duquette said:

Darn, you commented on this post. And I was gonna delete it as being distinctly sub-par.

Anyway, it's too late to make brownies, as Jane and Mary are now home. But there was pizza waiting for her, which (after the hospital food, which has gotten worse) was heavenly.

Rodney Olsen said:

I think if you hear anyone using the phrase, "just a housewife", you should walk up to them, look them sympathetically in the eye, then slap them across the room.