When I first arrived in Canada I was surprised to learn that women, I suppose some men too, made their own bread, baked cookies, made pickles and did all sorts of things in the kitchen that I had always assumed were done in the stores. All cakes and bakery items were bought when I was growing up, I had assumed that one had to be a professional to even attempt such stuff.
I guess that might be a product of boarding school staff and the home helpers who assisted my stepmother . I did not know how to cook, sew, or do anything even remotely housewifely. I had never picked up a vaccum cleaner or dusted a shelf, there had always been others who looked after these things. I had never even gone shopping for food. Hard to imagine isn't it?
However, I am here to tell you that this morning I baked bread, made a cake, prepared chicken for canning, and my house has seen a vaccum and duster recently. I made sure my three sons all know how to cook, do simple fix it sewing and how to plug for a vaccum in, I hope they will be good husbands and not wait around expecting someone else to do the work around the house.