Let’s directly talk about the Elephant in the room. Has anyone ever spared any thoughts about Husbands who are still stuck at homes while their wives go to office daily if the wives work in the Essential Services Industries (can have acronym Esi., but jobs aren’t that easy, of course)?
I doubt! House-Husbands (in these times specifically) are a rare breed. Most families where both Husbands and Wives went to the office are still Working from Home (how are people still tolerating each other is beyond me). Might have gotten rather used to it! Households, where wives were predominantly home-makers, are in a dilemma, whether to be happy that husbands are at home full time or be sad that husbands are at home full time. But, House-Husbands are not in large numbers, are they? They need to be appreciated for their efforts, isn’t it? But poor House-Husbands don’t know anything because they didn’t choose their lives to be this way. This just happened. Who can help them out? Who can put them out of their misery? Who can empower them and alleviate their pains? Nobody.
House Husbands have it tough. Not only do they have to stay at home all day, all by themselves, they also have to multitask multiple tasks at a time. Like work which keeps on increasing, maids which come and go at their will, delivery guys who just keep on delivering one thing after the other (bloody, how much can one disinfect), street hawkers who use loudspeakers nowadays instead of their voices, electricity which has an ego of its own, and unaccounted liabilities like kids if any. Wives just go to offices, what do they know of the distractions there are for the poor souls.
House-Husbands have to make sure the house remains in the same state, if not messier when the wives come back from their offices. He, who hath never cooked earlier, shall cook or perish. Even if one wants to try cooking, the probability of not spilling things is as low as Arnab G making sense. Although, considerate wives do make lunch before they go (thank you very much indeed), but as they say, a man alone might indulge in DIY food and risk making the kitchen a place you don’t want to visit again. Poor guys they dare, as they cannot even order food from outside because of the scare.
House-Husbands don’t have any afternoon soap operas to watch in this day and age, do they? The only window shopping they can do is the windows in the Zoom meetings. The only breaks they can take during the daily ordeal happen when the distractions become too much to handle, or when the laptop gets a Blue Screen Death due to the burnout.
House-Husbands want to go back to the offices. But that seems unlikely to happen in near future. Nobody is going to come out of their balconies to clap for them too, because everyone is tired. They are fed up with the ‘We are all in this together” bullshit. No clearly not!
House-Husbands just need to carry on and … wait!
This post is being left incomplete because the wife has come back from office like a soldier returning home after the war (Thank God!) and the house-husband has to make the tea ready. Bye.