To the Man of the House —

A Letter from the Woman of the House
Imagined by a Man Who Did It,
and Wished He Had Done More!
For Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 12, 2013)

(She has been gone over a year now, but I reminisce like this.)

(I am certain that a woman would have written this better than I have. I merely wanted to drop a hint to the man of the house. I am hoping a husband will read this and rise to the occasion, on his own initiative, doing the right thing, at the right time, at the right place, with the right spirit, without being told. That’s initiative!)

Dear Hubby,

Since I am your wife and helpmate, I need to ask you for a favor. We have already had several years together and I have been cooking for you, and there are more years to come. Perhaps a thousand more meals a year. Which you have appreciated, as you said. I enjoy taking food into recipes that we all like. And I certainly appreciated the many times you have complimented me. And made me feel rewarded for having shopped and stored and assembled all those ingredients in dishes you have relished with appreciation.

Since we are going to be together for five years more, and a lifetime after that, that would be 1,825 days, and counting. Three meals a day would be 5,475 potential breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Discount that by 30% for eating out or dropping some for other reasons, and you still have 3,833 meals, for which I would be cooking, washing dishes and all the other kitchen duties, shopping, baking, and so on. Roughly. Go figure! I am not complaining. I do it gladly. I like to cook. If that is the picture, and I have watched a lot of women do it and have helped them, at times. And I cooked for myself for many years.

There is an important thing you can do for me and I would appreciate having your help. I know you work hard to bring the income to pay the bills. But I need to ask you to rescue me from some drudgery, your help, above and beyond. This would be a huge “pick-me-up” (off the kitchen floor) if you would please help me with the scraping, cleaning, drying and storing the dishware and cookpots and utensils after we eat?

Maybe the kids could take over one of those chores, like the scraping, the drying or the storing, and carrying out the garbage.

I know after work you are tired and want to relax, sit down, read the paper and watch the news on TV, while I clean up. But I would also like to do those things. And I could, if…. And we could do them together.

That would be lovely. And lovingly done. And another chance to talk. About the day. Gossip. Problms. Ideas. Chat stuff. The great imponderables of the world and life. You know, getting along, without the newspapers and tv. Just the two of us in review. Love. Over the chores we share. I’ll wash. You wipe.

No, you wash! I’ll wipe.

Yours, Truly, Forever, Regardless.
Your Helpmeet,
(Sign, Date)__________________________

[Remembering Her]

Published in: on April 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm  Comments (14)  


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