Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a housewife. Some girls dream of being a famous actress, the first female president, an Olympic athlete, or Oprah. I dreamed of being Lucille Ball, polka dot dress and witty comebacks included.
Of course when I graduated high school I was single with absolutely no prospects for marriage in sight. So I did the next best thing and went to college. By the time I graduated college I was still single and marriage was still a distant and almost forgotten dream. Since a B.A. in Mathematics doesn't really prepare you for much other than graduate school, I went to graduate school. It was there that I finally met the love of my life and miraculously tricked him into marrying me. When he finally finished grad school himself and I no longer had to be the breadwinner, I had a baby and became a housewife. My dream was finally reality.
I thought that being a housewife would be instinctual. Every room in my house would be immaculate and decorated just like a page from Better Homes and Gardens. I would be like Betty Draper (minus the depression) and always have an amazing meal on the table when my world-weary husband arrived home from work.
Oh, the naivety. Being a housewife is not instinctual, and it is not easy. My house is a disaster-zone, my child always has dried-something-or-other on his face, my husband regularly goes to work in a wrinkly shirt, and by the time he arrives home from work I am often lying on the floor in the middle of the living room letting my child climb on me like I'm a piece of furniture. It's a tough gig.
So this leads me to the point of this post: Things a Housewife Should Be Able to Do. Clearly I will never be the picture-perfect magazine-cover homemaker. But there are a few things that I think it's high time I learned how to do. So I've written down a few goals, and maybe I'll blog about how they turn out. And maybe I won't. Knowing my commitment to regular blogging, probably the latter.
Things a Housewife Should Be Able to Do.
- Cook a pot roast.
- Roast a chicken.
- Bake a pie (including homemade crust).
- Establish a regular cleaning routine.
- Give her child a haircut.
- Look presentable after a long day of toddler-chasing and housework.
I've attempted #5 a couple times now, and still haven't mastered it. I think I'll get it though with more practice.
Today I tackled #1, but I'll leave the details for a future post.
So, dear reader(s), did I forget anything vital on that list?