If you're a stay-at-home mom with a 7-month-old, hormonal 11-year-old, 2 high-maintenance dogs, 5 loads of laundry a day, a cockroach infestation, a puzzle business, and school, does that mean that your husband should have a hot plate of delicious food when he comes home? –-Trish, HI
Interesting question. And not at all controversial. I think what it means is that your husband will have a 7-month-old, hormonal 11-year-old, 2 high-maintenance dogs, 5 loads of laundry, a cockroach infestation, and a dead wife when he gets home. Or, a mostly dead wife offering a hot plate of delicious arsenic.
To be fair, though, I should also consider this scenario from the perspective of a stay-at-home dad. Would he, too, be off the hook for meal preparation if the roles were reversed? The answer is no. Why? Because if the dad was staying home with the kids, then that would mean, by default, that I was the one working the 9-5 job. And if I have to work at a dead-end job for a soulless employer with only the prospect of being sexually harassed to get me through the day, then I expect a hot, tasty meal on the table when I get home.