I have a job. A great job. One I could choose myself. My great-grandmother
also had a job. A tough one and not one she could choose herself. She
was a housewife, and in the 1800s being a housewife was a tough, full-time
job. If you had the money you would hire a maid to do the dirty work for
you. If not, you had to do it yourself.
I am a housewife too: 1 hour a day.
In that time, I cook a meal for my family on my efficient gas stove, using
the stock in my fridge, my freezer and the tins of food in my garage. While
dinner is cooking, I pop some washing in the washing machine or dryer, vacuum
clean the carpet or clear out the dish washer. And while I'm doing so, my
thoughts wander of to my great-grandmother and how she would have marveled
at my easy housekeeping. In honour to her and all the great-grandmothers
in the world, here's a list of the 10 inventions they would have loved to
have. The 10 inventions that has made it possible for our generation to seek
a life beyond housekeeping if we want to...
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