I live in a small town but we do have professional women employed as lawyers, teachers, real estate agents and business owners. The year when I took a peak at the calendar says 2017.
Last week my friend went to her local grocery store where she has shopped for 40+ years. She and her husband have worked in and around the community for those same forty years. They support local businesses when they can. My friend, I'll call her Eloise, was tired of the poor quality of meat on offer so she special-ordered a package of t-bone steaks. I don't know how many were included but the clerk did warn her. "That will be quite a price. The t-bones are expensive."
"I know," said Eloise. "That's fine. I want to have some nice steaks on hand and the bbq season is coming up."
You would think that would be the end of it. Steaks ordered and when they came in, a phone call would have Eloise down to pay for and pick up her steaks. But it wasn't. Eloise's husband got a phone call from the grocery store before they placed the order. Was it okay that his wife had placed such an expensive order?
Wrong on so many levels. Eloise has worked and made an equivalent contribution to the family income her entire life. As such, she can order all the steaks she can afford. She is an individual, can vote and her opinions and money are her own. Her husband doesn't own her; nor is he the boss. Their marriage is a partnership.
I shouldn't have been surprised. A couple of years ago, I was at a fund-raising event where there was an auction. I bid on an item all by my little self, wrote a cheque for it all by myself, and carried it out to the car all on my own. My husband was there, but again- I have worked and contributed equally to the family income. My husband doesn't own me, yet when the receipt for my purchase came with a tasteful Thank You card, it was addressed to Gary. He knew I might come unglued so in a pre-emptory strike, he had crossed Mr. and Gary out and written in my name. I did notice and I'm not buying another thing to contribute to that particular cause (which is a good one.)
Think, people, think. 2017.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.