From Mani-Pedis to Lawn Mowers

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In a perfect world, the Single Independent Sistah’s weekend would be strictly for leisure. After a hard work week, a SIS might unwind with some relaxing music, good food, friends, entertainment and maybe a mani-pedi and a massage — administered by two handsome, sculpted men — to get mentally and physically rejuvenated for the upcoming week.

However, the truth is that the SIS has a lot to get done in the two-day span away from the office, and often getting pampered is the exact opposite of what goes down.

Of course the SIS handles chores like laundry, dish washing and vacuuming on the weekends. Who doesn’t? If that was all on her list, she might have space on the schedule for some “me” time, but the SIS’s things-to-do list may also include things like, caulking a hole in the wall and changing the car battery.

It might be sexist, but I’m woman enough to admit that I’m a fan of traditional gender roles. I don’t mind leaving car maintenance and household repairs for the less fairer sex. However, the Single Independent Sistah doesn’t always have that option. Instead of heading to the salon on a Saturday morning, occasionally, I’m mowing the lawn.

Blurring the proverbial line between the traditional gender roles and doing what’s often deemed “man’s work,” is not the preference for most single women, but somebody’s got to get the jobs done. So, we roll up the sleeves on our Ann Taylor Loft blouses and just do it.

Then, after spending hours retiling the bathroom floor or fixing the shower head, we get to reap the benefits and relax by soaking in the tub with candles burning. A bubble bath is not the same as a massage or a spa treatment, but it’s a stereotypically feminine pastime that may help balance the scale and once again boldface those gender lines — at least until the next time the roof leaks.


3 Responses to “From Mani-Pedis to Lawn Mowers”

  1. 1 Lucy Van Pelt
    September 19, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Black women get a lot of props for holdin’ it down and being Superwomen, but I wouldn’t mind some help.

  2. September 21, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Girl, I hate to tell you, but you might be doing all of that even if he puts a ring on it… of course, I would love it if my husband handled the lawn, and the car maintenance, and the caulking, but, well… yeah. I refuse to take out the garbage though—a lady’s gotta draw a line in the sand SOMWHERE—LOL!

  3. 3 Alan King
    September 25, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Great blog! I found you via Derrick’s site (plus, he was on your blog at work). I’ll definitely be back. Keep up the great writing!


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