My mom has always been a homemaker. When she and my dad got married in 1984, she stayed in the house and took care of their home and children. Yes, we had a one-income household which was quite okay for a family of six like ours back then.
My mom has had a few jobs when she was still single, though. Given that, she really knows how it feels to work and earn money. She’s in her late 50’s now but is still very active and young-looking (according to her). During the past three years, she’s been privileged to do part-time work at her friend’s flower shop every Valentine’s Day. We didn’t really force her to work there, though. It’s just that she enjoys doing it and she can’t say no to her friend. The money she earns from it goes straight to her “shopping funds.” Haha.
This Valentine week, my mom is in it again. She said she enjoys dealing with customers and convincing them to buy a bouquet of roses or two is her forte. It must be liberating for her to escape from her homemaking duties even just for a few days. If she’d do this “sideline” again next year and in the coming years, we’ll let her. Anything for her happiness. 🙂