|"Frankly, anything that gets him|
out of the house nights is fine with me."
-- Tina Louise in The Stepford Wives
Housewives can face a lot of alone time in their roles. Here are comments from homemakers about how they feel about it and what they do with that time.
- "Exercise. Laundry. Ironing. Polishing. Dusting. Cooking."
- "It used to bother me, but I'm used to it now. If I had to work outside the home again I'd probably feel like I was thrown into chaos."
- I like when my husband is around, but when he isn't I go all cleaning OCD and pull out my trusty vacuum.
- "I look forward to it honestly. I love my husband, but he is a talker and plays loud music. When he's at work, it means I get some peace."
- "Crocheting, embroidery."
- "Not good with quiet time. I make sure to call my friends, have my headphones on, or the TV playing. I need the stimulation. That's the only thing I miss about having a full-time job."
- "The cats keep me company, so I'm not alone, but I am heavily into organic gardening. It feeds us throughout the year and gives my something to focus on when I'm alone."
- "I think about the dinner I'm going to serve my spouse when he gets home. Then I plan my chores around prepping and cooking."
- "I'm so busy during the day I don't even think about it."
- "Wasn't aware alone time was something to be 'dealt with.' I'll take it when I can get it."
- "Give me a cigarette and my chair on the balcony and I'm just fine."
- "I clean when my man is at home, and do hobbies when alone. I can't focus on creativity when I'm focusing on him."
- "Reading the Bible is my favorite alone-time activity. It brings me back to my center. But I don't stay alone all the time. I try to make my home life social. I go grocery shopping with my best friend, have coffee at each other's house, talk about married life."