The things we do.
Cook, cook, serve, clean, sweep, vacuum, wipe, make up beds, do laundry, pay bills, shop for food, keep an eye on appointments, clean the yard, trim the bushes, sort the mail, put out the garbage, ….
It has just dawned on my foggy mind that tired wives need a place where they can go and free themselves of the angst, and the resentments and frustrations of dealing with irascible, old, husbands. Retired couples in Japan have solved this in a very unique way. They have two homes.
Couples who are retired especially need this outlet. To be living all day with someone who is reverting into childhood can be emotionally and physically debilitating. Men think that once they retire, it is the wife’s duty to look after them. Who, I ask, must look after ME? The wife?
Think about it. Once in this “getaway”, she will have a room to herself. Her food will be cooked and served to her by other people. She will have the TV all to herself. More than all of these, she will not have to listen to complaints, run around picking up dirty, smelly socks, empty coffee cups, lower the toilet seat, cook things she doesn’t want to eat. Her nights will be silent and sweet because the snorer is somewhere else drumming the walls.
Developers should incorporate this concept into their plans when they are building communities. Put a woman in charge. Set a-fair price for stays. One, two days, ten, thirty depending on the level of frustration and the mood at the time of her departure from her prison.. and how long it will take the old ……. to come to full realization.
Here freedom rings. She will meet sisters who are of like minds.Share stories of her PTSD.
Learn how to deal with her nemesis. Purge her frustrations. Rejuvenate and then, when she’s back on an even keel, smile, go home and know that return is always possible.