Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wishful Wednesday

I don't usually do these, but it just so happened that this morning on my drive to work I had the same thought I have most mornings:

I wish I could be a housewife/house-GF (note I did not say SAHM...yet)

I know, I think most of us would rather not work if we didn't have to, so I am not alone in this. Some people actually don't know what they would do without going to work every day. When I have had this conversation with others, they can't imagine what they would fill their day with.

Well, I do.

I would rise when my body was ready and well-rested. I would enjoy my coffee and a healthy breakfast while watching the morning news and catching up on facebook and google reader. I would begin daily household chores and depending on necessity, plan the week's meals and prepare a shopping list. I would go to the gym for at least an hour, maybe two. On the way home I would stop by the store with my list and then head home for lunch, or maybe get ready to go have lunch with a friend or family member. I would return home and finsish up any chores and then begin preparing dinner. I would try fabulous healthy recipes and the time needed to make them wouldn't matter because I would have all the time in the world. Dinner would be ready by the time JB walked in the door and after eating and talking about our day, he would help me clean the kitchen and we would settle into our places on the couch for our evening of relaxing together.

That's what I would do. And I would love every minute of it. This may surprise some of you that know me as this independent woman that doesn't need a man to take care of her. But that's not really what is happening in this scenario. Sure he is working to pay our bills, but I am taking care of us the old fashioned way that people have strayed away from. I am keeping myself (because really JB couldn't care less) mentally healthy with a clean house, and physically healthy with daily workouts. I am keeping both of us healthy with our homecooked meals because I have the time to shop and plan and find the bargains that allow us to eat organic and well-grown foods without breaking the bank.

Who says you have to have children to stay home? Sure, it gives you an actual reason to stay home instead of people just thinking you are too lazy or unqualified or unmotivated to go to work. Not to mention, starting the SAH thing before kids will make it easier to adjust spending habits and things of that nature before you have a child. Some people plan for one of the parents to stay home and they save for a long time before they execute their plan, but we will never have enough money...ever. Not in America where everyone is too focused on keeping up with the ______s to realize that success isn't always about how much you have.

Okay, now I'm just rambling. But seriously, if we were in a position to make this happen, I would be all over it in a heartbeat. Until then, we will just focus on making it a priority in case we have a child someday.

1 comment:

Steph said...

I'm certainly with you on this one! It's not about having a man take care of you, it's about taking care of each other. The trick is finding a man who values your contribution just as much as he values his. They are VERY hard to find. I'm lucky to have one. And I can tell you from experience that when your man comes home to the chores all done and dinner on the table, you both have a whole lot of energy left for other things... if you know what I mean ;)

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