Sunday, April 7, 2013
National No Housework Day
I don't know who decides what to fill in the blank for each National ________ Day, but I for one do indeed like the idea of having an official day to laze about in my home.
No cooking, and then no emptying and reloading the dishwasher.
I could easily extend this holiday to require that there be no reading of piles of mail, no paying of bills, and no picking up clutter.
Furthermore, there will be no errands, no purchasing of household necessities and no buying and putting away of any groceries.
The dog must take care of herself, because in my book she requires a lot of "housework."
Heck, I may as well just stay in my pajamas and watch tv and eat bon bons all day.
Here's what gets me: A 2008 study conducted by a team at the University of Michigan found that the average married American woman does 17 hours of housework a week.
Are they serious? Perhaps it was a team of monkeys from the university animal science program that did the study, or a group of children from the staff's day care center attached to the school.
But 17 hours a week? Divide that by 7 days and we're only talking about 2.4 hours of housework a day. That's pretty skimpy in my mind. I assert that most women do way more than that EVERY SINGLE DAY to keep their family members fed, clothed, and their houses in order. And the majority of them have full time jobs outside of the house too.
Of course there are some very lazy people in our society (and that's putting it kindly), and so perhaps they do bring the average down to only those 17 hours per week.
How much time does housework take you each day?
Oh, and by the way, today is also National Beer Day and National Coffee Cake Day. So go have a beverage and a piece of dessert.
Just don't do any housework.