Ironing done, dinner cooking. Time to put the kettle on and rest for ten minutes before she got home.

It was hard work keeping his house in order, not that the women who ran the world understood. Just because he didn’t go out to work, didn’t mean he wasn’t working.

Just as he sat down the baby woke with a gurgle and a cough and the inevitable cry. Up he got.

It was never ending. He just needed a break, some space, time to himself for once…

Geoff woke with a start and wiped sweat from his brow. What a nightmare.

Copyright Valerie J. Barrett

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

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99 responses to “ROLE REVERSAL”

  1. Love this! Great job! I still rememeber the days my husband came home from work and 6 kids under the age of 5 were running around and he would just look at me wondering how I was still sane. LOL! They were our 2 kids and our neighbor’s 4 kids. Our children became best friends, but they were definitely some wild years!

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  2. Ha ha! Fantastic role reversal.
    I think more men (at least, more enlightened men) are becoming aware of the realities women had been expected to juggle all these centuries … but there are still many who are absolutely totally clueless … even in ‘modern’ countries.
    They should read your little story … 😉

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      • 🙂 In time … It is a short history of women having any rights, especially when measured against millennia of oppression and control and minimization. Change takes time, and we are barely into a half-century of it, if that, and with much push back already, and many countries where even the first steps hadn’t yet been taken … With time …

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  3. With more experience comes more tolerance and patience.

    We feel more compassionate rather than judgmental, for we now know just exactly how much pain those little ones can cause.

    Nice work!

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  4. he must be relieved that it’s just a dream. for what it’s worth, it gives him an idea what every homemaker has to go through everyday. 🙂


  5. Don’t we wish it were real? Next night he dreams of having to work and do the housework, and tend to the kid while his wife feels she deserves rest. And the night following he’ll dream of being a single parent… And men in general can do everything women do and vice versa. Most men just don’t see the need to change things. Good one, Iain.

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  6. A big shock for him, I’m sure. Isn’t it funny how household tasks cause such problems in relationships. I think they should put that in pre-nuptial contracts, never mind the financial arrangements. I love this story – poor Geoff.

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