How do you feel when you hear the word
‘housewife’? As a young woman, I feared that word !
I came of age at the height of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Radical Feminists such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan taught that women must be freed from the shackles of Patriarchy. They must compete with men in the paid Labour Force. Being a mere housewife was a shameful thing, we were taught.
I bought into this ideology, and so did my best friend, Betty. She became a Chartered Accountant, and I, a Sociologist. We also married, had children, and lived our lives at a frantic pace, assisted by loving extended family support.
Now, being older, and somewhat wiser, I am a housewife, a nurturer of my husband, and of friends who stop by for tea or lunch. I am also a nurturer of this community, through Social Advocacy work.
There is beauty in being a nurturer, and in small delights such as enjoying the comfort of Egyptian cotton sheets, dried outside in the fresh salt air, crisply ironed, and lightly sprayed with lavender.
May God forgive me for my earlier attitude towards housewives.
Pictured is my Superwoman apron.