Why Women Return to Work When Their Husbands Retire – Reason #1

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ingredients.”  What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?


My husband sits at the kitchen island with his computer while I prepare meals.  Suddenly he has become the secret ingrediant to my success in the kitchen. After all these years I couldn’t possibly prepare a meal without him explaining to me:

  • How to clean a chicken
  • Which herbs and spices are appropriate for the dish I’m preparing
  • How many herbs and spices I should use
  • What temperature the oven should be set at
  • How to fold the grocery bags
  • How to line up the cans in the pantry (all labels facing forward)
  • How to most efficiently load the dishwasher
  • What foods should never be put in the garbage disposal
  • Why fruit flies have appeared in our kitchen
  • How to make a better cup of coffee
  • How to clean the coffee maker
  • Which dishes/cups can safely be used in the microwave
  • Which bread/salad dressings/pickles and other condiments he prefers on his sandwiches
  • Why he is the best popcorn maker in the family
  • Why our grand-daughter prefers his pasta to mine
  • The proper way to clean dishes (hand-wash)
  • The proper way to fold a dish towel
  • The best brand of dishwashing liquid
  • How to clean a cast iron skillet (the way his dad did)
  • How to empty the drip pan under the refrigerator
  • When the garbage can needs to be emptied
  • Which items can be recycled
  • Etc.

It’s amazing that my family has survived the past 40 years of my meal preparation without his supervision.  For those of you ladies who don’t have a man looking over your shoulder while you’re in the kitchen, feel free to borrow mine.




Categories: Daily Prompt, Humor, Life, Retirement, Uncategorized | Tags: , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Why Women Return to Work When Their Husbands Retire – Reason #1

  1. oh dear – he is being a nuisance – are you going to show him this post?


  2. Loved it!


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