Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Perplexed feminist in insurance agency

We all think, "It'll never happen to me," but yesterday it did. I figured I lived in a conservative enough area that I wouldn't have to face this, but I guess I was wrong.

I was sitting in the insurance agency getting my homeowners and when asked what I do, I said, "I'm a housewife." She avoided looking at me, but almost seemed sick. I guess it's hard to believe that a strong, active 24 year old isn't "working." So, then she asked, "You mean, you don't work at all?" Ok, she got me. I told her I had a job cleaning the church I attend. She seemed relieved until I told her that it only takes me 2 1/2 hours a week. (It's a small church.) Then, she seemed almost desperate. "Are you going to be having children soon?"

There it is! It was her last grasp at "reason." I told her I was hoping to have children soon, and she seemed settled. I guess it's ok to be a stay-at-home mom, but not a stay-at-home wife.



Amanda said...

Boy do I run into this too.
My husband and I haven't been able to have children in the 5 years we've been married.
I'm desperate to be a housewife. People around me just can't understand it since I don't have children.
"If you don't have children, you should be working."

So I work and I come home stressed and EVERYONE suffers (even my home suffers).

I work, and I pray (for a change in heart from my hubby!)

Anonymous said...

Don't get discouraged! Work in your home and serve your husband with gladness and don't let others make you doubt your calling to be a helpmeet for your husband!