|Just at home with a beer or a cuppa|
I’m Mr Home Maker (Mr HM) an Aussie man who is just as comfortable changing the car brake pads as I am whipping up a batch of biscuits or a cinnamon tea cake for afternoon tea. I love my challenging career nearly as much as my lovely Isa Brown chickens and container veggie gardens and can be found enthralled in either a Unique Car magazine or a vintage cook book. I relish the roar of a V8 as much as I do the whir of the sewing machine and have a love/hate relationship with money – ‘frugal as’ one moment and drooling after a major purchase 3 second later (I battle this demon with increasing skill - just sayin'.).
For all the men world-over that enjoy, or want to learn to enjoy homemaking – this Mr Home Maker chronicle is for you to perhaps gain some courage to be as dangerous and cunning with a darning needle, egg beater or watering can as you are out on the field, behind the wheel or thumping the proverbial boardroom table.
I have some goals which will be shared with you all as the topics naturally unfold here, however I have recently learnt to leave room in my life for the unexpected. A life jammed-packed tight with goals leaves no room for wonder, serendipity or the odd unexpected piece of awesomeness.
So if you are single, married, partnered, confirmed loner, still ‘looking’, no kids, too many kids, blended posse of kids, cashed up, battling, successful, self-made, starting out, still on the bottom rung, privileged, pauper, prophet, professor or wall flower – you are all heaps welcome here. You can lurk or comment, I don’t care – just enjoy and perhaps, just perhaps, shift a paradigm or two.
|Books - both borrowed and bought|
For all the women world over, I believe that change cannot be quick enough for you all (why aren’t we there already?). Your wisdom is needed here as we share (or indeed unearth) age-old truths on home making. Your input is highly valued and significant as we dabble in new ideas in home making.
Houses are aplenty in our society but homes are becoming much thinner on the ground. If only we can lure men back to the powerful alchemy the building, calming, maintaining, nurturing, feeding, empowering, mending and loving of our homes we could drive a shattering blow to the chokingly frustrating stereotypes and deeply embedded gender inequality that still persists in our world. Have you ever thought that the ‘traditional’ women’s roles promulgated by church and state have also been strangling the very essence out of many, many men? It is true – I am one of them. So many men see an endless horizonless (that’s not a word apparently) life-road of having to be the main income source/garbage bin putter-outerer/ideal lover/strong protector and warrior as being the only valid acceptable male existence. Blurgh.
|A perfect match - who knew?!|
No need to start out all radical like – the best changes are incremental, believable and sustainable. Leaning into new habits, discovering new creative challenges, experimenting with new societal structures and allowing ourselves to delight in the cerebral revelations that auto-manifest when we try new things, revive forgotten skills and walk against the tide is ample reward and motivation in itself. Irreversible change will happen.
Wade upstream folks!
Take care and stay nice.