Have you seen this episode of The Donna Reed Show?
I must admit that I often sympathize with Donna’s frustration about being thought of as “just a housewife”. I can tell myself that it’s an important job and a high calling and oftentimes I am even convinced. But the truth of the matter is that society’s lack of respect for women who don’t work outside the home is a bit wearing at times.
Why, oh why is the first question out of a new acquaintance’s mouth so often, “What do you do?”. It was so easy to answer back when I was a nurse. After I gave up my career to homeschool our children I still often threw in something about how I used to be a nurse when I got this question. But even just saying I was homeschooling my kids seemed to be an adequate response. There would be a solemn nodding of the head as they no doubt envisioned a classroom atmosphere in my home with me spending six hours a day teaching. Which couldn’t have been further from the truth but they didn’t need to know that.
My kids are now grown and I’m still at home. I’m grateful every morning that I don’t have to leave my house to go to a job. I know how fortunate I am and don’t ever take that for granted. I just wish people’s eyes wouldn’t glaze over when I tell them I don’t work outside the home.