Just mulling over some RPW thoughts from the week and wanted to share.
1. I saw a middle aged couple eating together at a restaurant. The woman was still attractive for her age. However, she talked the entire time and treated her husband like a girlfriend, and she did all the ordering of food/drink. I observed how the husband just sat there and nodded to her, agreeing with her. He didn't look unhappy or angry, but he looked pretty bored and just going through the motions of listening to her. Then a young attractive waitress came over while the wife was in the bathroom, and she complimented the man on his watch - and then he started telling the story of his watch. You could tell he was excited to talk about something of his life rather than just monotonously nodding to his wife.
2. I live in a country where there's an apparent difference between housewives and working women. The housewives are actually proud that they don't have to work - because they were able to get married to a man who was willing to take care of them. There's no shaming of the SAHM/SAHW lifestyle here, whereas if you're a working woman, depending on your situation, people pity you for needing to work because you're a single woman. Anyways, last night our school had an event, and I was actually slightly jealous of the women who were with the families while I was running around trying to manage the event...funny how different cultures can have different takes on housewife lifestyle.
3. I'm friends with a woman at work who is 36 and single, and most likely she will never get married because she's obese and a shrew. I chat with her sometimes and I noticed she reacts very intensely to the news - such as the electronics ban on certain airlines from the Middle East to the US, and how our government sponsor is laying off a lot of people lately. But her reaction is very different - she's angry to the point of being wrathful. Not sure if it's because she's single so she has to take care of everything herself, but I know that I personally don't react as strongly to most news - worried, yes, but not anger. I also know another 34yo single and obese woman who is like this.
4. My infamous investment banker friend with the cheating husband (I'm not criticizing her because she's wonderful to me, but as my boyfriend says..."listen and learn"), she's starting a real estate company. She's super intelligent, successful and business like, to the point of criticizing everyone because she's had so much success and experience. But I feel I can't enjoy my time with her, she's always talking about business and she doesn't ask questions about you. And I noticed in general, I feel unsettled and not nurtured by women who just tell you what to do.
Any thoughts? Reactions? Personal stories you can relate to?