Housewives deserve a saluteBeing a man I want to convey my thoughts which I have felt as per my personal observation. Let me clarify that this thread is not meant to create any divide between the working and the non-working. But it is just to bring out a healthy discussion.
In our society, we have both, the housewives as well as working women and men. When I say a housewife it means that she is not working and stays in the house whole day handling all the household chores and family responsibilities. On the other hand, working men and women are those who work in the office and they have to handle both their professional as well as family and home responsibilities. So obviously, the life of working men and women seems to be more hectic as they have to manage on both the fronts. For working women generally, the house responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, child keeping are outsourced in many cases due to the lack of time.
But I have sometimes observed that a feeling prevails in the minds of the working people that housewives stay at home comfortably and their life is easy while working women or men work hard in the office and their life is more hectic compared to the housewives. I have heard working population talking like, "Oh! She is a housewife. She has a hell lot of time and can adjust. We are so busy in the office and don't have free time like them." This perception is totally wrong and a housewife needs to be saluted and appreciated for their continuous efforts and at the same time keeping a low profile. She is equally busy I feel. The ground reality is far different and can only be understood if we stay at home and see the housewives schedule.
A housewife works equally hard and has to be on the move throughout the day. Managing the cooking, keeping the house neat and tidy, handling the housemaids, keeping the things in order, picking up the children from the bus stop, handling their school going children and their studies are the things which are not so easy as they seem. At the office, we may be sitting at one place in AC and doing the work, enjoying tea breaks etc but for housewives, things are really hectic if they are doing everything on their own. A husband understands the pain of his wife if he happens to stay one day at home and has to help his wife out. The very next day he will be waiting to leave for the office. Same holds true for working women. Of course, this is not true for all working men and women.
Everyone knows what happens when a housewife falls ill. So housewives have also an office to handle at home and they are doing no less than their working counterparts. So their contributions should not get undermined just because they are not earning.