I was born in the wrong generation, there is no doubt about that. I absolutely idolize the retro housewives. The way they truly loved and embraced their role as a homemaker is so inspiring. In this day and age, it can be very difficult to take on this role and be proud of it. Our society has transformed in so many ways, especially in the roles of men and women. Being a housewife is no longer something that is “normal” for a woman to be, and sadly many women look down on those who choose to be homemakers. They don’t see it as a worthy “job”, when really it is one of the most difficult jobs out there. Sure, being a homemaker is not for everyone, but it really makes me sad to see it so looked down upon in this generation. Please don’t misunderstand, I of course support women in the workplace and women being successful.
I admit that I wasn’t always this way. Growing up I was the messiest child in the whole world. I hated cleaning, I hated doing chores, and I definitely didn’t have any interest in cooking. My parents took very good care of me, spoiled me quite a bit, so I really didn’t have to help out that much around the house. My family also wasn’t traditional by any means. My mother worked all the time as well as coached track and cross country teams for the local schools. She didn’t cook, clean, sew, or do many of the things that a lot of women of her generation were brought up doing. She never had an interest in it, she was very smart and athletic, so she focused on school and sports. Growing up my dad was at home with me. He was retired, so he was a stay at home dad. He did all the cleaning, cooking, and took excellent care of my mother and me. We were both very spoiled by my dad.
I grew up very athletic as well. I played every sport possible, and went to college on a volleyball scholarship. Even as I got older I still had absolutely no interest in the life of a housewife. I wanted to work in marketing/PR, and swore to everyone I knew that I would never get married. I was wrong. I was married at 20 and had a daughter at 21. Unfortunately my marriage did not work out, and we divorced after 3 1/2 years. During my marriage and pregnancy is when my housewife interests started to spark. I wanted to take care of my husband, my home, and be a good mother to my child. Unfortunately we were not able to make it work financially for me to be a stay at home mother.
Shortly after my divorce, I met the man of my dreams, and I have never been happier. I am incredibly lucky in that I am able to stay home, take care of him, our home, and the children (he has 2 from a previous relationship). I love embracing the role of a homemaker, and definitely try to go by the values of the housewives of the 50′s and 60′s. I love cooking and trying out new recipes. I love taking care of my man, making sure that he comes home to a beautiful, clean, and welcoming sanctuary that he deserves. I love being a mother and teaching the children as much as I can. I hope you will enjoy my blog as I will be sharing my life as a retro housewife.