Is there any reason to be optimistic about the future of marriage and the nuclear
family ? The answer is yes, and the main reason is that many changes will soon take place in
the roles of husbands and wives.
The wife won’t be satisfied with looking forward to staying home the rest of her life.
Even if she enjoys housework and taking care of children, she will see herself as more
than a housekeeper and mother. She will look for ways to establish her own identity. If she
gets a job, she won’t have to apologize for working. Being able to rely on herself will be of
great importance to her.
The husband’s role will change, too. He will begin to realize that work should not be the
most important thing in his life. He will understand that he must share family responsibilities
if he wants to be an equal partner. The idea of washing dishes and changing diapers won’t
bother him, and he won’t consider himself henpecked for doing what will be sometimes
called “women’s work.”
Keep a cat
During the twentieth century, almost two million people in New York City owned cats.
Although cats that lived in a store or restaurant were useful for catching rats and mice, cats
that lived in apartments didn’t do a thing to earn their living. Why, then, did so many people
who lived in cities keep cats?
First, cats relieved the loneliness many city-dwellers felt. They were bright, loving and
active. Their ability to entertain was almost unlimited.
Second, cats were easy to take care of. They didn’t have to be washed, walked or
licensed, and they seemed to be able to