Laura Riddle

Laura Riddle

Originally this blog was about my decision to return to work after being a stay-at-home mom for eighteen or so years. I named it The Housewife’s Redemption because, well, because I wanted to since I like the words “housewife” and “redemption”, but there is more to it than that. One—I expected, really in no time, to find a terrific job and thereby be “redeemed” after all the years of dirty diapers, dirty dishes, and dirty dogs. But “the housewife’s redemption” also meant something more important, yes even far-reaching.

While sorting laundry and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches through all the corporate missteps and debacles of the last ten years, I had an epiphany of sorts—they should have asked a housewife. Who needs management consultants when you have the glorious common sense of the ordinary housewife? Unfortunately housewives continue to be underappreciated by the business world.

In fact I spent almost nine months networking, sending out resumes, researching, catching up on what I’d missed for eighteen years–like the Internet. And by midsummer of 2009 I had to face reality–I was completely unemployable. According to corporate America, I couldn’t dig up a latent job skill with a pitchfork and dynamite. So I admitted defeat, bought a cute apron and returned to the kitchen. Yet I had made new friends through this blog and was reluctant to stick a period on it.

Instead…with a couple of thoughtfully placed dashes, I segued my blog from a tale of hopelessness into a drama about the many issues housewives face today such as the pitfalls of middle age or decorating an empty nest or choosing the right shoes for the occasion. Important stuff, meaningful stuff, housewife stuff…