After being married for sixteen years, my husband finally talked me into getting my hunting license. I would have had them when we lived in Georgia, but I was not going to sit in a class with mostly young pre-teens and teens taking the hunter's safety course. Since I believe in honesty, I never tried to buy a license without a card and having to come up with some sort of lie to cover why I didn't have one. Montana doesn't require a course card for people born in the 70's so I decided, why not. I was a little more than excited about obtaining a license because this meant I could actually go hunting and not have to take a book to read while my husband and son had all the fun.
Housewife: It doesn't sound like a real occupation
The day I bought my license, my husband took me to our local feed store. I was giving my information to the girl and since I was not in the system, there were things the state required like personal information found on driver's license and occupation. Since I was a "new applicant", help from another employee was needed. When asked what my occupation was, I began to tell her I was a homemaker. Before I could even get the word maker out, the little guy who was helping her said, she's a housewife. There was no snarky attitude about the word housewife from the girl, only that it doesn't sound like a REAL occupation. The young man was tongue-tied, he couldn't say anything. I quickly spoke up with "I'm a homemaker". The girl nervously laughed and said, "Now that sounds like a real occupation." As far as the state of Montana is concerned, my occupation - Homemaker.
There was a little confused look between the two, but the light went off for both of these kids with my response as why I'm a homemaker and not the other.
At one time, women like me did not mind being labeled a housewife. Thanks to Hollywood and the media, I try to not use that word when I'm talking or writing about myself and homemaking. There's nothing wrong with being labeled a housewife, but when TV shows and movies give a false pretense to this honorable occupation, I tend to steer clear from it.
I'm a homemaker. I tend to the things around our house on a daily basis. I do this, so my husband can focus on providing for our family without having to worry all the time about things falling apart. The four walls around us and the roof over our heads is only a house, not a home. To make a house a home it takes someone who will make the house a warm and inviting place - A place where family and friends can be themselves - A stress free, safe haven from the outside goings-on. The list could go on, a homemaker's job is never finished, it's a 24 hours, 7 days a week job.
While I don't get a paycheck for my occupation right now, I do have treasures waiting for me in heaven.