Sunday, 6 March 2016

Laundry: Why a women's chore?

#ShortStories  Ariel #ShareTheLoad

When I saw this video and this campaign I realised how lucky I am. Yes, it is so true that more than 90% people believe that laundry is women's chore. Not just men, but also our mothers', mother-in-laws and whole society believes that. But that is not the case in my lucky home.

I used to do my laundry before marriage but I have seen something very different growing up. Both my parents are doctors and we only had maid for cleaning i.e. jhadu pocha. My mom, despite her 12 hours job, always took care of us and our home. She cooked for us, helped us with our homework and always looked out for us. Seeing how busy my mom is, and how much she struggles especially in the morning, my dad helped her with laundry. Yes, it is not a big chore but having semi-automatic washing machine, it is a task. He helped her all the time.

So, yes, I grew up seeing my mother struggle and seeing that wherever my dad could help, he did. I expected the same from my husband, small help here and there and luckily I got it.

The house he grew up, everything was done by his mom. Starting from morning tea until late night kitchen cleaning. His father, well I cant comment much as I was not there, was busy with his own work. So yes, my husband grew up in a very different home economics. 

When we got married and I started my journey as a wife it was rather difficult for me. But eventually he understood the amount of work I was doing at home along with office. Also, once visiting my parents when he saw my dad help out my mom, a revelation struck him. When we came back he started helping me. He started with all the things my dad does for my mom, i.e. morning tea and laundry. And I was speechless. Not to mention, his parents were not very keen with this development at first, but they have learnt to live with it. [Ha! Ha!]

I thank my dad for bringing this change in my home. I now know how much he does for my mother just by doing these small things. It is a blessing to have such partner and all women should cherish.

I love my father, I love my husband and I hope all women should also have partners like these. Who help you in small things here and there, because although standalone they don't look so big, but in conjunction with other tasks, they can be as big as Mount Everest.

Kudos to Ariel for starting up this campaign.

I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation

Love and Cheers,


  1. Lucky wife and lucky daughter :)

  2. Wish this was for all homes :) very nice post :)

  3. Thanks for the compliment Shweta.
    I too wish all homes are like mine :)


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