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It was a pleasant evening of November 18,2017, when the 67th edition of Miss World pageant was held with 118 contestants from all over the world competing for the title.
The brilliant reply given by India’s Manushi Chiller that earned her MISS WORLD 2017 crown to a question, ‘Which profession deserves the highest salary and why? has set the ball rolling indeed. She rightly said that the job of a mother deserves the highest salary, and that it’s not just money but love and respect that she deserves.
A thought provoking answer indeed.
No sooner did Manushi and her reply take the media by storm than various organisations released their findings, pointing out the rate at which the work that a mother does should be paid. The question of the unpaid labour of motherhood started doing rounds. It also gave me food for thought.
Is Motherhood really a profession?
I always consider it as a role that we play in our life, rather in our family, be it of mother, daughter or a wife. A family works meticulously together, all members playing their roles and contributing a bit to keep the bond strong among themselves. Being a Mom who took a hiatus from a job and voluntarily decided to be hands-on-mom and fortunate enough for having a family who valued my contribution, I sincerely feel that..
Mothers do not work for survival, they do not work for remuneration…They are homemakers, binding each member of the family emotionally and financially too. If they take a part of the well managed finance as their remuneration the beauty of motherhood or rather, the relationship is lost.
No amount of reward can match the love with which she prepares and serves food.
What to cook everyday to satisfy the tastebuds of each one seems to be the most challenging part. I am sure all will unanimously agree with me that a mother is the happiest soul when all the members like the food she prepares and no one sleeps with an empty stomach.
There are stay at home moms, and those juggling between career and home. Moms, whether stay-at-home or career oriented both deserve a salute for their priceless contribution towards their families.
I want to say the following statement loudly…
There are many cases wherein a mother’s role is taken for granted with ungrateful families; in such cases there is a dire need for healthy recognition from not only all the members of the house but also from the society as well.
Mothers are the best inspiration for anyone at work. The speed and the accuracy with which she manages all the errands of a home sets an example of multitasking.
Managing a home includes Planning, Decision making, directing, implementing the plans monitoring discipline, reviewing the financial budget making necessary adjustments for sudden crisis, to be precise, multitasking with doing all the household chores perfectly.
Following Manushi’s reply, I have come across with many writeups about the cash remuneration to be paid to all mothers. Who will pay her? Her own family members? Moreover, the glorification of motherhood absolves the role of fathers who are sharing the responsibilities of running the house as well as raising the child too. Both parents together make a family and both do not owe each other any remuneration, each one playing their role of keeping the family happy.
At times, the role of a father is reversed with the man of the house being a hands-on parent to enable the lady of the house to pursue her career. Do we think of paying him?
I will be repeating myself if I say once again that…the love and respect that a homemaker deserves, is the highest salary indeed.
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I am an evolving blogger, who took a hiatus from job and voluntarily decided to be hands-on-mom, also fortunate enough to witness the internet era when life is easier with just a click!
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I watched a Tamil movie Kadaisi Vivasayi (The Last Farmer), recommended by my dad, on SonlyLiv, and many times over again since my first watch. If not for him, I’d have had no idea what I would have missed. What a piece of relevant and much needed art this movie is!
It is about an old farmer in a village (the only indigenous farmer left), who walks the path of trouble, quite unexpectedly, and tries to come out of it. I have tried my best to refrain from leaving spoilers, for I want the readers to certainly catch up on this masterpiece of director Manikandan (of Kakka Muttai fame).
The movie revolves around the farmer who goes about doing his everyday chores, sweeping his mud-house first thing in the morning, grazing the cows, etc and living a simple but contented life. He is happy doing his thing, until he invites trouble for himself out of the blue, primarily because he is illiterate and ignorant.