It’s true, I have just realised that when it comes to being a housewife I have failed my husband, really I am a failure to him.
I was a mess when it came to the house for most of my married life.
For me, I blamed my parents for making me do the housework when I was growing up. Well, you see I did it to get out of picking oranges. It was the better of the two evils.
If I’m honest I didn’t really place a lot of emphasis on it either. Why clean the floors when I could be doing stuff I liked, right? Everything got done eventually, isn’t that all that mattered?
I know, I know, my grandmother said I was lazy. Well, she said that and a lot of other stuff as well, but let’s not get into that now.
How do I know I’m a fail housewife?
The Woman’s Book of course, here is what it says:-
To a girl who is destined to begin married life in such humble circumstances that she will not be able to afford to keep even a general servant, ignorances of the rules of household work is apt to become something in the nature of a calamity. An untidy, ill-kept home, to say nothing of ill-cooked meals, is not conducive to the good temper or cheerfulness of a husband, more especially when he comes home after a hard day’s work to find chaos reigning supreme, and that atmosphere of discomfort which few can analyse, and only with those who have experienced it can understand.
Of course, you know I had to apologise to Dave. Then I read out this passage to him and he said it was inexcusable. What does it matter what he thinks really? I did have to point out that there were not a lot of ill-cooked meals, as I have always known how to cook.
Now that I am in my 50’s I’m trying again and I do think I am a much better housewife now. I am trying for housewife of the year, not sure how I will go. There aren’t many women who are dedicated housewives these days, but I am going to try anyway.
Who remembers this? When I’m thinking of housework it always comes to mind.
I am a failed housewife
The feature photo is some hot and sour soup that I made, see I can cook.