I Love Being a Housewife

I love being a housewife.
I love ironing my husband’s shirts.
I love bringing him breakfast in bed.
I love baking bread.
I love cooking healthy meals.
I love taking care of our home.
I love going into town and go to the grocer’s, the butcher’s and the pharmacist’s to buy what we need.
I love taking care of our puppy and training her into a well-behaved dog.
I love taking care of myself and doing yoga or fitness exercises at home.
I love working from home and helping my clients discover their truths and become who they truly are.
 
I am a housewife at heart – and saying this makes all my system’s alarm bells go off.
 
I am supposed to be an independent woman who works for her own money and follows her study and career path to be totally self-sufficient. Love is an afterthought.
 
My actual truth is that love is the centerpience of my existence.
 
I’ve just never allowed myself to live that way because I thought it was wrong.

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I come from a family where my parents divorced when I was 6, we moved out with my mum and she studied while taking care of her 3 kids. She worked so incredibly hard to be the woman that she is today that I couldn’t but be proud of her. She has her own business and has always been an example of feminine power and that you can be independent from a man, fulfilling your own potential.
 
And I’m eternally grateful for this example.
 
I think many women of my age, thirties and up have had this example. While our mothers’ generation was fighting for indepence, we were raised with it and saw it as normal. At least, in Holland that is.
 
What I have learnt while discovering my femininity is that in affirming my independence, I actually never learnt how to be a woman. All women had to be like men to be part of society: they had to work full time, contribute and be independent. And I don’t mean just financially.
 
In Holland it is expected that men do as much in the household as women. Women are expected to work and study and have a family and be social and do many other things at the same time. Everybody does everything and equality is key. Which is great, but the difference between men and women is sometimes difficult to find.
 
When a man opens a door to a woman he’s told that she can perfectly handle that herself. When they go out for dinner they “go Dutch” and split the bill. I remember going up to guys when I went out because it would take too long for them to approach me.
 
I had balls and I wasn’t afraid to show them. In my two past relationships I was the man; I took decisions and took the lead. It was my way of keeping everything under control and not having to seem weak. Because like I wrote here, I thought women were weak.
 
It was very tiring and there was no space for real exchange because being in my masculine, I wan’t able to receive and the men weren’t able to give, because I’d already done that for them.
 
I learnt that men show their love by giving to women; when we take that away, what is left for them to do?

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This is not to say that they have to do this because we can’t, but if we let them, they will be able to be in their masculine and we will be in our feminine. And that is where a man and a woman come together in a deep soul-connected, balanced relationship.
 
I learnt this while being with my husband. For those of you thinking: “when did they get married?” We didn’t, but I feel like he’s my husband so I call him that.
 
My man is a very masculine man. Yes, he’s Italian, no he’s not macho – he’s actually very sensitive and strong. He cares so much about me that he would jump into a fire for me. I know that for a 100%.
 
This is the love I always craved for, yet never allowed to let in because I didn’t feel I was worth it – and I actually didn’t know how to handle it. I didn’t know how to be in my feminine and freely receive all that love.
 
I remember dating a guy and him saying: “You’d never iron my shirts.”
 
I was like: “What do you mean and no, if you can do it yourself, why would I?”
 
He just nodded, smiling to himself, which showed he was right and I didn’t understand what he was right about.
 
Turned out he was right: I didn’t know how to take care of a man because I felt it was wrong, weak, unequal, whatever you want to call it to do those kinds of things for a man.
 
If you can do it yourself, do it yourself.
 
But what are we together for then?
 
When I can help you, ironing your shirts, bringing you breakfast, handing you a towel, then why wouldn’t I if I wanted to do it as a sign of my love for you?
 
Why wouldn’t I let him arrange my car insurance, get me flowers, cook me a marvellous dinner, take me out and pay my drinks and set up the lighting in our home if he wants to do that? Of course I can do all of that by myself. And I have. But what’s the real fun in that? Isn’t sharing in the end what we are here for? Connecting? Exchanging? Helping each other? Loving one another?
 
I’ve come a long way from rocking my own world and being very good at it to really allowing myself to connect with my one and only truth: love.
 
So, what if my true desire is to be a housewife, a stay-at-home mum, a woman who puts love and care first?
 
I feel wrong for wanting this, yet it is what my heart desires.
 
I have studied, have had three different careers, I have my own work-from-home coaching business and all I want to do now is focus on what makes me truly happy: my relationship.
 
I feel wrong for it because I’m supposed to be independent. To let love be an extra to your life, not your whole life. I’m supposed to see having children as something you do on the side and to – of course – continue working.
 
Well, what if I don’t want that? What if I want to dedicate my whole life to my love because I feel my love is my whole life?
 
What if my love is what fulfills me within my core and allowing that to be true for me is what makes me feel who I really am?
 
What if having a family is my number one priority and I see that as the most important mission of my life?
 
What if we have it all wrong and we’re making insignificant things significant and what matters most an afterthought?

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Tonight it’s the full moon in Libra, my sign, and it’s about going from Me to We. I’m going to burn my old story, the one that says long-lasting love isn’t possible. I lived that story and it’s now part of my past. I’m going to let it go and burn it under the moon and replace it with a new one: with the story that I have been writing for the past two years with the love of my life. That deep, true, interdependent love is possible and that my prince charming does exist. He actually showed up as a King and I was able to meet him when I learnt how to be a Queen. I have found him and he has found me and together we are living a love that goes against all odds, but we care about nothing else. And that’s exactly why we will do everything in our power to make it last.
 
What is your truth?
 
Love & courage,
 
Sophie

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Being in the masculine and feminine…is not about doing it the old way where women are practically domestic slaves and men do the very much more part-time work of occasionally handling a repair, taking out the trash, and “helping” the woman. this is still a very common model and looking at research bears this out as women go into the out-of-the-home workforce yet still bear the overwhelming burden at home as well. It is a big misnomer to say “helping” a woman with these tasks, since they are ‘our’ tasks–when we must be in deep partnership which means our toilet, our laundry, our children, not mine that you “help” me with. Breakfast in bed is wonderful and so devoted, as long as it is also done for you and similar gestures of service. ironing shirts? great- but is that because he doesn’t make the time and expects a service? That is the traditional Italian male’s way. Occasional tasks done by men do not carry the weight that is necessary when women do daily multiple ones and also have the burdens of a worklife outside the home. That’s not progress in terms of developing true mutual partnership of devotion or love. Although many of your points ring true, i hope these things do not get lost in the mix. Many men here still expect a servant and many women here do not challenge or establish good, truly allied boundaries from the beginning, and then do not have the *ovaries (not balls) to negotiate as true deep partners in friend & love ship later. While we need to embrace all of the amazing work women have done for centuries as essential and absolutely foundational, you’re right, not at all an afterthought– and society has so long to go in embracing the feminine both in women and in men– and we do need to stop adopting the so-called masculine – in terms of the imbalanced and emphasis-on-detached from relationship that is the worldly version and not the truth for men, either- in order to be validated (as men or women), we need the feminine to lead, both men and women, into relationship. and mutual giving. and mutual open-heartedness. wonderful that this discovery is unfolding and clarifying and you can share that and empower women to be spiritual and emotional leaders and know and embrace that reality. as they already are in most families and relationships. but that is not to be confused with having to adopt the domestic chores unequally or feel there is anything ‘masculine’ about not wanting, nor seeing balance in, doing so.

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Thank you for your extensive comment. I’ve only just found it now, so I apologise for my late reply. What I’ve experienced in my current relationship with my Italian partner is that he brings out the side of me that wants to do those “chores.” I want to do them because they allow me to care for him. This is something that I had never experienced before and so finding this sincere desire “to be a housewife” is both surprising and eye-opening to me.
Balance, respect, communication, boundaries are all key to a healthy relationship – and so is being true to your natural desire of a woman (in my case, how I experience it) to care and of a man (in my partner’s case, how he experiences it) to provide, repair and protect. That said, I sometimes make more than he does, he sometimes cooks more than I do, I sometimes don’t work at all, he sometimes works 24 hours around the clock: it’s not about the form or who does what: it’s about doing what you truly desire so that you can show up as a team – each doing what they feel like doing, naturally. I feel that is what a healthy, modern couple looks like – wherein surprisingly many “old-fashioned” principles, when done voluntarily, naturally surface.

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