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Friday, January 22, 2010

They should be Recalled

“I hate the word housewife; I don't like the word home-maker either. I want to be called Domestic Goddess.” Roseanne Barr

During the course of the last few days, it has crossed my mind that had I had the foresight to invest in an extended warranty, there is a good chance that a certain eight year old would be heading back to “You-Don’t-Know-What-You-Are-Getting-Yourself-In-For” Headquarters, Australasian Division.

We are sitting at breakfast and I am leafing through a bunch of junk mail.  Mainly catalogues for the local collection of supermarkets (the older generations of Germans are a little nuts about their ‘catalogues’… but that is another story).  So there I am, sorting; tossing the furniture and whitegoods into the recycling, flicking through the grocery pages, frowning at the “Have you got your Funeral Insurance covered”.  Miss Eight leans across her muesli bowl and slides one of the catalogues over for a closer inspection.  Then with wide eyes, looks at me and says, “Hey mum, you need to get this stuff, then you will be really happy and love doing housework!”

I peer over my specs to see what she is referring to, only to find myself confronted by this picture:


Further more, she is deadly serious and I am gobsmacked. 

“You do know that sweeping the kitchen floor is still work, even if the broom is pink!”  I am having serious doubts about whether or not I will keep this particular child once the lease expires.

“Of course I do, but if you also wore the pretty gloves and put on some lipstick, then you would be just like the lady in this picture, and she looks really happy.”

And to think… I could have bought a goldfish.


verena said...
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verena said...

worried thought,if all you need is the gloves and the lippie to look like the strauss lady, does that mean you already have your hair tied back in a scarf?! I also hate the 'housewife' term and go out of my way not to have it applied to me!

oreneta said...

No one feels compelled to apply the term to me.....

Alarming comment from little miss. Wonder what else she is buying into from the advertising.

Lydia said...

I love the term 'Domestic Goddess'. I put it on a job application once under 'current occupation'. They looked at me kinda funny. And I didn't get the job. She sounds like Mairyn right now. She thinks I do what she can't; watch cartoons, play computer games and play with barbies! She's got two of the three right! Now which three . . . ;)

Rositta said...

PINK broom, who are the trying to kid. Don't you guys have Swiffers in Germany? Who still uses a broom anyway. I'm a domestic godess to, albeit an old one...ciao

vagabondblogger said...

Love the pink broom!

Lynda said...

Verena: Of course I have my hair tied back in a scarf.. and I am wearing a 'kittle' (weird german hausfrau apron) - You're not? LOL

Oreneta: She is being brainwashed by her grandmother...

Lydia: Yeah... lately Miss Eight has decided that I have a great life at home doing nothing...therefore I should help her more with her homework.

Rositta: Yes, there are swiffers here.. but that would make life too easy!

Maxie Gregg said...

She's eight?

Maybe she would like a pretty pink broom as an, "I love you and want you to be happy gift"?


Connie said...

I want a pink broom! But no way would I wear the headgear, and I reserve the right to wear lipstick and smile as I feel.


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