- This does not mean I'm going to be a housewife forever. (That was mostly for my husband.)
- Housewife is used in the most loving way possible. I wear the (possibly temporary) title proudly.
And then came the doozy: "What's your occupation? Are you working or are you, um, uh... a housewife?"
Looking back I realize there were a few emotive reactions I could've had.
I could've gotten indignant -- "No, I'm not merely a housewife. I just finished up a decade-long career in Public Relations in New York City and handled the careers and campaigns of people like Prince and Michael Jackson, not to mention blue-chip brands like Coca-Cola."
I could've started crying.
I could've stared at him blankly and made Vin answer the question for me.
Instead, I started laughing. Uncontrollably, maniacally laughing. Caleb must've thought I was crazy. Then I said, "Um, yeah, I guess you can put me down as a housewife." (Hong Kong Fun Fact #2: If we were really wealthy, I'd be called a Tai-Tai. Alas we are not there...yet, so I'm a mere housewife.)
And so it is, my friends and family, that I present to you Jessica Ann Brenner Birardi, former PR maven, current Hong Kong housewife.