I sit across from several folks at work most of the time they are quiet or do their work behind closed doors. But today our finance guy got a call from his wife. I couldn’t help but hear his side of the conversation. She was going out somewhere tonight and wanted him to watch the kids. He said “Will dinner involve more then a microwave?” It made me smile and ask myself are men useless? This guy leaves at 4pm everyday and is home by 5pm. Is there any reason he couldn’t make dinner for the kids. Perhaps he doesn’t know how to cook, perhaps he’s just lazy, and perhaps he feels it’s his wife’s job. I can’t tell you how many times I have come home after working all day, grocery shopped, ran errands then came home and made dinner for my husband and I. He has NEVER done that. He comes home and plays on the computer. Now it doesn’t really bother me because that is how I was raised and I love to cook. When I don’t want to cook he does take me out to dinner. When we were dating he used to cook me tuna, sushi, grill things. Once we got married he forgot how to open the pantry and make something. Unless it can be micro waved or eaten out of the package he won’t bother with it. What’s maybe worse is I enable him to be this way. When I cook I make sure there are leftovers so he can pop it in the microwave. Or stock the kitchen with cheese (it has to be sliced) crackers, trail mix so he won’t starve. How did I get here? How did I become my mother?
I would have loved if my co-workers wife said “nope you have to make them something.”
Oh well I guess we are farther away from woman’s liberation after all.