Thursday, April 12, 2012

this is just not working.

Hilary Rosen, a political consultant who advises the Democratic National Committee, questioned on CNN Wednesday night whether Ann Romney understands the economic issues facing women.

His wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen said on Anderson Cooper’s “AC360” show.

Well, here's what she's been doing instead of 'working'.

Yes, count them. FIVE boys.

You know what? if you want to work a job and have a career as well as a family, good for you. I'm cheering for you. You have a hard road to walk, and I'm not gonna make it harder.
If you work out of financial necessity, I sympathise. It must be really hard to juggle a family and a job, when you just want to be at home.

Me, I'm in a fortunate position where I don't have to work a job, so I can stay at home all day and do nothing.

Happily for us, my housework does itself. I don't have to make beds, pick up toys, wash sheets or dishes or floors. The garden tidies itself and the dogs take themselves for a walk and put themselves away at night.
The dinners hop happily into the oven after assembling themselves, and I'm fortunate to have a self-cleaning kitchen.

The kids magically get themselves to school, do their homework instantly and never need help, and take themselves off to karate and swimming. They practise with no nagging, never fight, tidy their own rooms, and take a bath without prompting.
They never get sick, never throw up all through their bed, the lounge-room carpet, or the car. They've never needed visits to the doctor, or tablets given every 2 hours with food, for 72 hours straight.

They have impeccable manners, avoid bad words and know how to share, and have never once needed to be reminded not to poke a knife in the power point or run onto the road without looking.
Gosh, they're so quiet and well-behaved I barely know they're here.

I'm also blessed to have a husband who pretty much looks after himself. I never need to find his adjustable chromium hickelberry spanner, cut his hair, or ferry him around while his car is being fixed.
He knows how to use everything on his computer, massages his own aching feet, and can always find his car keys.

We have never had one bill that frightened us, never had to cut corners or go without to get the rent paid.
My shopping runs through the checkout with no sick little clutch in the guts hoping I have enough to pay for it, and I've never had to say 'no' to a school excursion or new calculator because I couldn't afford it. Luckily! because, you know, seeing as how I've never worked a day in my life, I wouldn't know anything about financial pressures or the economic pressures women are under.


Ann Romneys' son tweeted

“@AnnDRomney is one of the smartest, hardest working woman (sic) I know. Could have done anything with her life, chose to raise me.”

GOOD FOR YOU, JOSH!!! on behalf of all us mums who've 'never worked a day in their lives', THANKYOU. Your mum must be so goddamn proud of the job she's done.


  1. Fantastic description of all the things that magically happen in your family' life.

    Josh Romney - you are an awesome person who can see reality as choices and see the difference between what is done, verses what is valued in our society.

    So glad to read this tonight. :-)

  2. 'Doing nothing' is pretty fabulous, isn't it?!!
    Lucky you get to do it every day.
    Without fail.
    I'd hate to think what would happen if you 'did something' once in a while!!
    Great post.
    :-) xx

  3. I've never raised a family, but I still believe that MOMs do more work than those of us who have 9-5 jobs. Certainly more than me. I think Hilary Rosen is probably extremely jealous of Ann Romney, and kudos to her son for sticking up for her.

  4. I spent many years staying home doing nothing too; cleaning the house and raising four kids is nothing, right?

    I didn't believe that these days anyone still thought that raising kids and keeping house isn't work. Real work.
    Just because you don't leave the house each day and go to a place where you get paid to do a job, doesn't mean you don't work.

  5. I saw the ladies on "The View" talking about this today and I was infuriated. Some women are just complete and utter twats! You have written this ever so wonderfully!! x

  6. I saw the ladies on "The View" talking about this today and I was infuriated. Some women are just complete and utter twats! You have written this ever so wonderfully!! x

  7. Lovely post, well said, and with humour which is more than can be said for Hilary Rosen.

    Sadly, for some it is human nature to belittle what they chose not to do.

    I am child free by choice, but would never question another women's choice to stay at home

    Once again women being mean about other women - which is a shame really


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