Thursday, July 02, 2009

Hard to be a Housewife?

It can be crazy being a stay at home mom sometimes, but we have to admit, we've got it pretty good. Check out this job description of a housewife from the middle ages. I found it in Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed. Thanks Lori for giving it to me!
You get up before sunrise to prepare meals, work with the men in the field, grow and harvest vegetables, gather wild nuts and berries,store food for winter, spin wool into yarn, weave cloth and make clothes for the family, milk the cow, make butter and cheese, gather eggs, clean house, collect the family's urine to sell to the tanner, nurse the baby, carry water, brew ale, make candles, and drop into bed with it's too dark to do anything more. You don't have time or energy to play with the children; you need them to help as soon as they can walk and talk. Sounds horrible, doesn't it? But hard physical work can be very satisfying and the housewife's tasks were often enjoyable in themselves. People today do many of the same things as hobbies. The housewife of the Middle Ages had no let-up, though. Her successes and failures affected the whole family.

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