Housewife and Homemaker…..
These terms are often used interchangeably when referring to someone whose main occupation is overseeing the care and maintenance of their household. The question is do they really have the same meaning?
I submit to you that while technically they refer to the same thing, they actually have different meaning. Let’s examine…
House is defined as as a building designed for human habitation. That’s it, just a dwelling nothing more. A rather sterile and institutional term. However, the word home has a much more personal meaning. It is a place where one feels comfortable or identifies with. It is a place that one claims as their own or is near and dear to their heart. A home is what a house aspires to be.
We can get a further insight into this by how people express things. They don’t exclaim, “I’m going to my house”, instead they say “I’m going home”.
Other expressions that further emphasize this are:
- Home is where the heart is.
- Home Sweet Home
- There is no place like home,
- I feel at home.
- Make yourself at home
I feel the term homemaker would be a better title for my occupation. I am not merely a married women who works at her house, I am one who devotes her time making her house a home. I strive to making my house a place where my family is comfortable and desires to be. This term truly encompasses the roles and duties of my job.
So by all means please call me a Homemaker, as I feel that it more accurately defines the roles and responsibilities of my position!