Growing up my parents subscribed to the philosophy that if we (their five wonderful children) did well in school, we couldn’t be expected to have a heavy load of chores at home, well really couldn’t be expected to have any chores. School was our job. And admittedly, the philosophy belonged more to my father than my mother. She begrudgingly went along.
My parents also told taught us that we had to learn to ” do it ourselves or be able to pay someone to do it.”
Turns out I did listen when my parent spoke and it’s the reason I no find my self at a across roads. I dislike doing anything domestic. I’m not good at household tasks. My talents are better spent elsewhere. If I cut some corners, i could probably afford it. More importantly, I just don’t wanna!
So I need an Alice. You remember. The housekeeper from the Brady Bunch. She cooked, cleaned and she grocery shopped. She also dispensed sage advice.
Where’s the problem you ask? Well I had a friend who several years ago hired a housekeeper to come in once every other week or so. As tends to happen on occasion, she let slip in conversation about trying to get a key to this woman. Now my friend kept her personal life pretty quiet and was humble, but whispers behind her back quickly started.
Apparently, it offended her co-workers that she could afford to, and actually had the audacity to, hire someone.
While I generally don’t care what people say, I can’t help but wonder what all the fuss is all about. In life there are things we should invest our time doing. It’s up to our individual personalities to guide us as to what those categories should be. If we enjoy spending time on our career and earn enough doing so that we can displace some of the other tasks in our lives we’d rather not do or take substantially less pleasure in doing, what’s the problem?
I suppose some of this springs from years of my clothes magically appearing clean and folded on the foot of my bed after I dropped them in the hamper, dinner appearing every night ….never mind. I just don’t want to.
Bet most of my readers don’t change their own oil. It’s not that they can’t learn how. They’ve just figured it’s not worth the headache. So they opt to pay a tech to do it.
So you see, I need an Alice. I’m trying to justify it…am I making a strong argument. . .? Can I get some support?
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