King Solomon said, "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies."
(Proverbs 31:10) And a source listed as "Salary.com Inc.," put it in dollars and cents. It said that stay-at-home
mothers spend 96.4 hours per week, performing the ten most popular "mom job functions." At any rate, the annual
cash compensation came to $122,611.00 for that stay-at-home woman. I once wrote an article I called, "Just A Housewife,"
so let me repeat it here:
Nothing could be more understated than the phrase "Just
a housewife." At our house, at least, and I'm sure this is true of any woman who loves her home and takes pride in
For example, I'm a cookie lover, and she can whip up a variety that apparently
the manufacturers can't afford to make. They're too tasty. But at times when I weaken and buy at the grocery, only
to find the old time sweetness isn't there, she can come up with an icing that tops them perfectly.
She can be feeling there's "nothing to fix for dinner," yet one of our daughters and her youngster
can drop in, and before we know it, there's a crisp salad and a colorful meal ready.
one can make a better pie crust than she, yet when I brag on her with others present, it embarrasses her. I suppose because
I'm saying that the other ladies can't match her.
And her pig pies! Don't
ask me why they're called that. All she knows is that her Mom called them by that name, and so they remain "pig pies."
Shaped like a fried or baked pie, or folded or rolled, they only contain a cocoa, sugar and cream mixture, but if you like
chocolate crispness, you'll like a pig pie. I decided one evening that I'd like some cornbread muffins, and a few
minutes later, she had them ready...falling loosely out of the pan with a just-enough crunchy outer shell, and perfect inside.
She had done it again, yet she said, "there are recipes...anyone can do it."
often you see lists of the many things which wives take care of...taxi service, baby sitter, grocery shopper, teacher, administrator,
counselor, sympathizer, nurse...an endless list. They're right. She's all of these, and more.
And frequently you see someone's estimate of how much the caring wife is worth per month in dollars.
It's true. She's worth it and more, whatever the figure. The fact is, there's no way to put a value on a good
wife. It would be like pricing the only diamond in the world.
just a housewife. And those fellows in Florida are just astronauts.
You owe your
Mom. At least, tell her you love her!