Monday, January 30, 2006

Housework can kill you if done right. (Erma Bombeck 1927-1996)

At last......I've found a quote that I can use to justify my non-commitment to all housework. This lady, Erma Bombeck, never spoke a truer word. I would like to assure anyone who may be interested that I DO housework - I just don't treat it like a career and if anything better comes along (and it usually does) then I do that instead.

Interestingly, there was an article in a magazine, written by someone who confessed to loathing ironing, that said ironing is all the rage, apparently, in swish social circles with female lawyers, bankers and executives boasting at dinner parties about how they "do their own ironing", the implication being that they are a cross between a real woman and a domestic godess. I'll stay unreal and a domestic devil if it's all the same to you!

To add to my guilt trip a book entitled Happy Housewives by Darla Shine is climbing up the US charts with its advice to bond with your home and get back into the kitchen. Let's lift our spatulas and start demanding some respect! Whoa.... I'm afraid that's not all I would want to do with my spatula if ever I met Ms Shine.


jomoore said...

I guess it's OK for the women who want to 'have it all'... Well, I don't want it all, and I don't need other people to think I've got it all either!! I don't iron, unless I really, really have to. And if I accidentally buy something that needs ironing I'll probably only wear it once!

Though, I came across a website - - that (though it's very cheesy and a bit over-the-top) does have some very good ideas about making all that housework stuff manageable. I've been following the theory for just 3 days, and it's already made a big difference. The novelty will wear off pretty quickly, no doubt, but we'll see...

MaryB said...

Erma Bombeck was the best - just hilarious stuff about kids and husbands and housework. She has lots and lots of great quotes to her credit.

One of my favorites: "I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex." Amen, Erma.

Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful lady.