Saturday, November 26, 2016

A wonderful family of four

                                                                                       Attribution: josephine101
Image: A Tall Order  (here)

10 of 12 given words:
add drive window handle 
tray law mess vent pot spray  

A wonderful family of four
and add a loving wife
What an inspiration
to drive home the whole point

Was conferred with a PhD
Barely a year passed
He contrived upon a line of call
A strategy that gave him
enough leeway before

Now contending with that window
of opportunity he was to extend enough
space for her to pursue hers

She handled single-handedly the home's
tray of chores that he remembered but
mindful of his Mother-in-law's tall
order 'to clean up the mess'  the right
environment for an ideal home

They were to give vent to any
disagreements by a readiness to
reciprocate with a helping hand
That was the rationale for rapport
to validate the 'happy family
syndrome' amid the pressures
and stresses of keeping house

There had to be a role reversal
She had to now go for her own PhD
While he had to man the house

It was plainly acceptable and
recognised for a housewife to do
what a housewife was expected
to do - knocking pots and pans or
spraying disinfectants but what
of it for a house-husband?

Sanaa's Prompt Nights #36 -  role reversal
MLMM's Writing Prompt   -  what a world
Brenda's Sunday Whirl #276  -  wordle
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 6  -  inspiration
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry#330


  1. Those pots and pans still need cleaning whoever is in charge ;)

  2. It's about time we all gave Mother Nature a helping hand! Excellent.

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  3. Still have to get the job done, no matter who is giving it a run

  4. Whistles!!❤️💝This is absolutely profound, love the reference to household chores and the age old dilemma of getting the job done. Perhaps it would suffice if both divided responsibilities. Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support❤️💝

    Lots of love,

  5. Well expressed & linked to so many prompts!
    Wish mess was cleaned easily.
    But, a family of four can score together :)

  6. My brother-in-law did the same. He was a writer, and turned his House-Husband adventure into a personal column that eventually got him into the desk of Editor. And, I believe, by turning his everyday experiences into well-written essays, he came to appreciate them far more fully. In fact, he is one of the best cooks in the family and the go-to man for home baked bread.


  7. Oh yes, he will discover the work never ends. But it is satisfying work.

  8. I think doing your best is what you can do.. but I guess sometime is like bailing a leaky boat... your feet are never dry.

  9. love that you managed to combine a lot of prompts, and so good! cheers and have a great week :)

  10. Great job of tackling many poetic challenges.

  11. Aha! Cleaning of the mess is a team effort.😀

  12. Sounds like a good man... in a good relationship :)

  13. Cleaning up a little more than the house

  14. clean up your mess, before it becomes to great to tackle.

  15. You pose an interesting question - and societally - not as straight forward as many would like to believe. An awesome post, Hank.

  16. Humans have no intention whatsoever of cleaning up their mess. Personally I would set the Space police to turn back any earthling daring to leave Earth that he was destroying as he would surely do even worse elsewhere.

  17. So many more men are doing it now, though it will take ages for attitudes to change.

  18. What "of a house-husband" indeed! I believe that I am going to start asking that question... and see what everyone comes up with. I bet it would be a rather interesting experiment.

  19. the example is nice showing good teamwork, so much needed these days to clean up the mess...

  20. A charming reversal, for in the end the whole family benefits: win win situation

    much love...

  21. Reminds me a bit of the old movie Mr. Mom and the titular character's bewilderment even while he wished his wife success.