“What do you do for a living?” asks the witty, sharped tongued blonde lawyer sitting next to the slender, sweet brunette marketing specialist. I take a deep breath and hold on to that second before responding knowing the silent wrath that will follow: ” I am a housewife.” Inevitably, I hear a low, under the breath, murmur, full of shame “Oh”. Quickly, the perky red lipped realtor jumps in with the usual follow up question: “how many children do you have?” Then comes the kicker. I respond “NONE”. And quickly the conversation turns into a 30 second observation of silence, followed by melancholic empathy for me,this woman, who, in their career oriented imagination, acheives nothing and is what they assume to be barren, lacking intellect, financial freedom, self-esteem, goals, accomplishments and a brain.
All I ever wanted to be was a housewife. In a world that empowers women to be whatever she wants to be, to embrace her independence, to challenge her limits, to use her brain as a weapon, to push herself to have equal pay in the workforce, the role of housewife is shun and marginalized, mostly by women. I have found that it is not politically correct or widely accepted for a woman to want to be a homemaker. In a world of Malala and Sandbergs, most women do not understand and would more often than not question my desire to be a housewife.
What they do not know, do not realize and can not fathom is that I always dreamed of being a housewife, a Martha Stewart of sorts (minus the jail time). I chose to be a housewife, it is my craft. With great pride and with acute knowledge, I plan menus, micromanage house chores, create flower arrangements, organize closets and pantries, navigate the grocery store like a stealthy ninja, create spaces with cozy and elegant notes, shrewdly lead my home helpers to run an efficient home worthy of several pinterest boards, create manuals and lists to efficiently and effectively execute harmonious living. Listen, I am going to toot my own horn here, I am really good at what I do!
So here I am, Jessica, the housewife! I want to share with you all I have learned as I have studied via Google University and years of trying to perfect my craft. I want to share with you ways to make your home and life pinteresty!