A Badge of HONOR that has been forgotten, except for a few.

What do you define as being a Homemaker? Is it a woman that has no educational background, job skill or is just lazy because she wants a man to take care of her? Few of these labels are put or “define” for many what a Homemaker or Housewife is.

In our grandparents or great-grandparents age to be a homemaker / housewife was a badge of honor, it was not only to be expected but women classified each other and envied each other. It was a form of competition to see who could take care of her family better then her neighbor.

Through out the years woman have become “liberated” and joined the workforce. Now you have household where in most part both spouses are needed to work to just pay the bills. The era of having that badge of honor to have the pride and be able to say that you are home 24/7 taking care of your family is lost.

Woman see staying at home as a badge of laziness, not being educated, wanting to have a man take care of them. These woman are now considered to be no good to society because they are just “there” with no real aspirations for life.

My mother is a housewife, yes she has no educational background, her staying at home was expected by her, my father and at the times when they were younger. This decision though wasn’t only my fathers it was my mothers too. She loved taking care of her family.

This illiterate woman managed to not only successfully raise three daughters but she also managed to learn how to speak English help her daughters with not only elementary, middle and high school work. Believe it or not this woman helped her three daughters with the college coursework. this woman managed to learn French for her eldest, German (dutch) for her second and she tried her best to learn Japanese for her youngest.

Not only was this woman able to educate and help her daughters in their academic careers but she also helped her husband. How do you say? By being his rock when he needed something to lean on. To help invest money and save money when needed. She learned how to become a taylor when her husband bought a tailoring business. She learned how to count money, answer phones, learned to drive, and negotiate prices when needed.

A homemaker / housewife is always taken for granted. Her job never ends and her salary is the lowest one documented anywhere in the world. Instead of looking at that badge full of cobwebs in a way of disgust or having no value, look at that badge with respect.

If you are the few that where it be proud, hold your head high. No one but us know the true meaning of multitasking (with or without children), no on can understand that we are on call 24/7.

We are Human Resources, customer service, complaint department, accountant, purchaser, warehouseman, logistical planner, event coordinator, life coach and many more that many of the work force are responsible for only one.

Our job skills surpass any that could challenge us. We might not make a difference to a Fortune 500 company or make multi-million dollars deals. We are not the ones that you will hear complaining about our co-workers, we chose not to give our resignation because our job isn’t about money, benefits (don’t get me wrong those are important in our everyday lives), or having aspirations to be a CEO.

Our Title shouldn’t be “homemaker / housewife” it should be CEO/CFO, executive chief of your family household. While everyone else it taking care that the world economically turning, we are in the front lines of our homes making sure that our families are refreshed and ready to keep the cycle going

Until Next Time,

When Good Service Turns Bad, You WILL Lose My Buisness

So I know I usually don’t rant or rave about businesses of any type. I do sometimes review apps that I like especially when it has to do with writing, reading and editing. This however is an entirely different industry that I will be talking about.

There is a local grocery mart in our area that hubby and I frequented for all of the years that we have been married. Now this grocery mart is a local mom & pop type and hubby has been going to it sense he was a kid.

Now As you all already know I am Muslim so I mostly heat Halal meats (kosher). Even when hubby and I lived 30 miles away from this grocery mart we still made the drive. Why? I can give you very short and brief reasons.

1. It did not smell
2. Butchers know English and Spanish
3. Butchers know how to cut the meats in ANY style you want
4. Cashier (female) was very respectful, and went beyond to give you excellent customer service
5. If you needed a speciality meat or whole animal (goat, turkey, hen, duck etc) They were really good at getting it the next day.

I can go on and on about the reason’s that I love going to this place. Now though, it SUCKS! I’m sorry but its true. Through out the years owners have changed. The lady that was there before went back to school and got married. Now I don’t know if these are new owners or if it is her husband or sister but this is what is now wrong with this grocery mart.

1. Seasoning packets ( Middle Eastern type) are not stocked, even the common ones
2. The meat section smells and does not look clean
3. Men that work there are either rude or ignore the Women consumers
4. Line for the meat section takes 45 to 1 hour to order ( this does not include wait time for the meat being prepared)
5. Cashier lines are 1 hour if not more
6. The Cashier will slam your receipt and change if you are a woman and they do not even say Salam to you when you say it to them.
7. Meat prices have gone immensely high!

This list could go on…

This does not mean that I am not willingly to support our local businesses here, but I do expect a level of respect and curtesy when I am PAYING for that said business service or products.

I have been hunting for a new Halal grocery store and I have found one. It is called Restaurant Depot, basically this is like Costco but ONLY services BUSINESSES. If you are a regular consumer as hubby and I they do give you a one day pass. I love the fact that this place sells some Halal meat by the bulk especially what hubby and I eat more often.

I also found another local shop that is Hindu so they only sell veggies and Middle Eastern spices. Now I know where I can go and by my spices and buy my meat. We bought over 80 lbs of different meat for WAY cheaper then the local grocery mart we used to go to.

Looking at Amazon I will pay almost the same exact amount on spices then going to the store.. I will probably be saving a couple of bucks since I have amazon prime…

Basically all I am trying to say is if you own a business remember that your customers are the ones that KEEP you in business. You don’t need to “brown nose” (for a lack of a better word) them but you do need to make sure that they feel welcomed and that their shopping experience is at a level they will want to keep going back.

Until Next Time,