Dear J. Westenberg,

I like the concept & have often wondered, as a housefrau — how about a minimal wage for housewives? Say you have a child or two & you are a stay at home mom or dad. Throw them a bone of, what? let’s say the shallow end of the pool, $8.00/hr. I’m not sure what the cut off point is, we don’t exactly work 9–5, but let’s attempt for partial equality, & pay them for 8 of the 24 hours they’re on duty.

Because I, for one, would take it. I’m not too proud. Take out some for tax purposes, etc, but make me feel like a paid/valued member of society. I promise, I won’t ever unionize or strike. Give us a raise once in a while. We’re not asking for an award show. We’re not going to get a retirement watch. Just… SEE us! Recognize us! Give us a prop (if props are too much to ask for). I just feel that people who clean up after elephants in a parade get more from society then do housewives & househusbands.

Well, it’s a nice fantasy.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.