So...I had a moment the other day. I guess it was a moment of wonder. I was looking at some blogs and some interesting things on the internet and I came across quite a few people who seem to enjoy the nostalgia of the glamorous housewife of the 50's. There were images of this persona and descriptions of her day to day life. Somehow she seemed to work as the glamorous center of the family. She was an impossible creature. She washed and folded and mended and cooked and cleaned and she served her family in a lovely figure flattering dress with a freshly lipsticked smile upon her face. Hmmm...I thought...really? Is that lifestyle really possible in modern day America? If so, then I should be able to pull this off...right? I have 4 children 13, 12, 11 and 8 years old. I clean my house every day.I do laundry every day. I grocery shop frequently. I cook dinner every night..sometimes it's leftovers, but there is a meal on my table every night. I do homework and hair, kiss boo boos and listen to my husband talk about work...OK..so what's missing? The dress. Don't get me wrong...I'm not a slob, but I will wear my track suit all day.. it's a nice track suit, but it is still work out wear. I will wear jeans and UGGS and a comfy sweater. I will wear jeans and heels. I will wear khackis and flip flops...but never do I wear a dress. Sometimes I will wear a skirt with boots..but Never a dress. So, I started thinking about it..why don't I wear dresses? Well...it's because I'm too busy. Dresses are uncomfortable. Dresses imply the use of makeup and accessories and time that I don't have. I need to be able to move around quickly and comfortably. Being a mom and a housewife is manual labor. It would be crazy to wear a dress and heels to clean the house. Not to mention that some days I don't even see anyone, so why bother? But, wait....those old fashioned housewives did all of the same things that I do, right? Well, no. They didn't take kickboxing three times a week and Zumba classes. They didn't coach soccer and drive their kids everywhere like we do today...what we do is way harder, right?....right? Or was she just better at it than I am? Did she know something that I don't know? Is it easier doing it her way? Is it better? Is it oppressive or is it luxurious? I'm going to find out. Well...I'm going to try. For the next 30 days I'm going to wear dresses every day. Not skirts, not suits...real live dresses with all the trimmings. I'll be updating this blog twice a day to let you know what I am wearing and how I feel that it is affecting my life on a day to day basis. Here are some things that I ponder....my questions... Will I be a better or worse housekeeper? Will it affect how I feel? Will it affect how my children behave? Will I be miserable and uncomfortable? Will I be more or less productive? Will people treat me differently? How will it affect my relationships, my habits, my daily/weekly routine? What peripheral changes will I see? Can I do everything that I do every day in a dress? Can I even pull this off??? Will nothing change?
Follow me on my 30 day experiment..let me know what you think!