Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Domestic Dreams of a Housewife without Kids

For all you housewives out there who really like being housewives, I can bet that you sometimes have little daydreams about domestic things, maybe self-indulgent things. I know I do. For example:
  • I was thinking about how I would have a real reason to act like a country housewife if I were Mennonite or Amish. I could wear an old-fashioned bonnet and a long skirt and blouse. And people would simply expect me to enjoy making quilts and jams. I would be adored for being such a domestic American woman, and I could encourage other women to bake, sew, and read the Bible, in an age of depressing uber-feminism.

  • My husband and I have been stressed out over the home-buying process. So far, so good, though. This is the house we really want, and we will shortly go through underwriting. I have been thinking about bringing people over to the new home. The house has a drawing room (also called a formal living room or sitting room) and a family room. I daydream about how I can impress guests with our very old-fashioned taste in decor and have endless pleasant conversation. But alas! We are not guaranteed to get this home. It might not pass underwriting. But dear husband and I already have our hearts set on it, no matter how much we talk about understanding loan approval is out of our hands. Domestic dreams can get crushed so easily!

  • I think about being the beautiful wife who not only has the house sparkling all the time, but also knows how to always keep a pleasant attitude with my husband in addition to keeping my hair impeccably styled and wearing heels to boot. Yes, I would like to be the Super Wife.
I guess the nice thing about these daydreams is that they have a charm to them, and I might be able to fulfill some of them too. Sadly, I cannot wear that Mennonite ladies' bonnet, but I can perhaps embody some of that domestic American spirit she brings to the table.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

They already think your are crazy :) why not wear a bonnet? Seriously many ladies wear head coverings and don't even have a second thought. Do what you want!. Jane

Catherine said...

You are so right, Mrs. Cave Man. I should get one to wear inside the house anyway so I can play make-believe. My husband also thinks I'm crazy so he might not even blink. I love wearing hats too. By the way, I just love your screen name! I picture you signing your check book with it for some reason since it has the "Mrs" making it sound official!

Anonymous said...

Some people think my husband walks around with a club looking for prey, : )

Catherine said...

LOL