Let’s face it, bridal showers can be a tad bit boring. The repetition and some of the impractical advice given on how to make your husband happy don’t make it an event worth my time. Let us just say I am not that into bridal showers. They suck. And if I really have to sacrifice my time and attend, it has to be for a close friend.

Last week I found myself in one and in the midst of the usual boring, impractical advice, the marriage expert delved into a very interesting topic. She was talking about how women should know about picking house helps. The session was hilarious, and I must say I was thoroughly entertained.

One lady opined: “You have to be very careful when picking a house help because at the end of the day men have always been men. Knowing very well how my husband gets weak in the knees at the sight of curvy women with big backside, I always go for skinny house helps! However good she may be at carrying out household chores, being curvy and all is an instant disqualification”.

Another claimed, she only hires village-bred house helps. According to her, house helps brought up in urban set ups tend to be very difficult to manage. Such types, she said, only need a compliment, a wink or two and she will be flirting with your husband. Someone else claimed, she only picks older women who were in their 50s and above as house helps. She said such senior citizens can hardly tempt her husband in any way.

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Hear her: “Older women have no monkey business like serving your husband breakfast dressed in bikers or revealing night dresses in your absence. They tend to be respectful”. Listening to the women talk and make fun of the matter, you would be forgiven to thinking they are nuts or insecure. But come to think of it, their concerns and arguments are valid. In this day and age when women, like men, work, we just can’t wish away the debate on house helps.

Thank heavens, the era of Suzie homemaker are gone and buried right up there with the Stone Age man and his primitive hunting tools. While our mothers overworked themselves and gave up everything even their social life chasing the fantasy of being the perfect Suzie homemaker, modern women can’t afford to do such.

Ladies, get this: The biggest mistake you can do is hiring a house help who is more beautiful than yourself. If you don’t know what agony is, try pulling off that foolish stunt.

Well, they say, once a cheat always cheat. But is that a reason enough to bring him temptations and expect him to behave. Haven’t you heard stories about men who wake up and tip toe to house help’s bedrooms for quickies? And it’s not just a local problem, it even happens in Hollywood, why you don’t ask singer Gwen Stefani whose ex-husband carried on a three year affair with the family nanny right under her nose. As a woman you must be vigilant and be very strategic when picking a house help. Again, it’s not just about picking the right help and then putting your feet up after a long day and letting the stranger run your house.

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I always recall my late mother’s advice: “Don’t be that foolish woman who thinks she is too beautiful to be replaced by someone else. You are replaceable even by lowly ones like house helps”.

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