Men-Oh-Pause, give your wives a break,
Don’t get up and leave them to wash up the plates.
They’re on their feet before every meal,
Cooking and washing and keeping the home clean.
They won’t cook once daily ‘cos you want your meals fresh,
And I think that you know that they really need some rest.
Women-Oh-Pause, just stop and think.
Is your busy lifestyle driving you to the brink?
Long working hours, then a fancy vacation,
When you need to work less, and have a nice lazy stay-cation.
Men, do some housework. It will keep you fit,
And your blood sugar levels might even come down a bit.
Women slow down before you get older,
Set routines that help family have time together.
People make time, slow down the pace,
So you have memories that will put a smile on your face.
Being so busy that there’s no time for family is starting to be the norm in many homes today. It’s even starting to be a thing to be proud of – kind of an achievement with some.
We’ve lost or ‘village’ – the social support system of neighbours, relatives and friends who would help young mothers with babysitting. Or keep an eye on the elderly now and then, to give care-givers a break.
Traditional gender roles in some Indian communities can sometimes leave women (it’s mostly women who look after children and the elderly here in India), without any support system for when they need a weekly off.
I hope this poem speaks to those that need it.