I have a male roommate who works a 9 to 5. I am self-employed/sometimes part-time employed, meaning I am home a lot and have a flexible schedule. Therefore I have taken on the domestic responsibilities: grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, picking up the dry cleaning, etc. I used to think housewives were just women who lacked career ambition. Then I envied them for not having to sit in a cubicle all day. Now, I recognize that the housewife part is easy; it’s their kids that make life hard. Being a housewife is cool when there are no kids involved. I make sure my fake housewife duties are done or nearly done by the time he gets home from work, so it doesn’t seem like I’ve done nothing but watch LMN and surf the web all day (ha). I give him space to watch his favorite TV shows, have friends over, or just spend time alone. Not a bad setup we have.
But it feels like a bad marriage sometimes. There is no sex, love, or affection. We also argue like a couple, get on each other’s nerves, and sometimes ignore each other for days. And like a bad marriage, you consider getting out. Sometimes I feel like I’m walking on pins and needles around him, not wanting to rock the boat and get thrown out on the streets. Money = Power, and the Leo in me is having a hard time accepting my submissive position. BUT, he believes in my entertainment dreams, and gives me the freedom to pursue them. After I hit the Mega Millions jackpot, I will frolic about, doing as I please, without the burden of a 9-5 or the subjugation of fake housewifery. Please leave a comment with the winning numbers 🙂
A guy I’m seeing told me I’d make a great wife. That felt good. Being a fake housewife has increased my patience, decreased my fear of commitment, gotten me more used to the gross and annoying things that men do (not cleaning up after themselves, farting, being inconsiderate, etc.), and yes, I feel more a little more prepared for an eventual (I hope) walk down the aisle. Not sure how much longer this arrangement will last, but I’m happy to have the experience. Shout out to my roomie 🙂