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The life of June Cleaver and Susie Homemaker

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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 12:00 am

Years ago, as a stay-at-home mom, I was Susie Homemaker and June Cleaver all rolled into one. I was content to be at home, cooking, cleaning, baking, sewing, volunteering and caring for the children. I was happy to have dinner waiting for Mr. Wonderful when he arrived home from work. I loved to cook and bake and make special treats for the kids. I sewed most of my children’s clothing. I took the children to the library, parks and different programs in the area. I appreciated the fact that Mr. Wonderful worked a full-time job and then moonlighted on the side so that I could stay home so, of course, I wanted to be Susie and June. I really had no desire for a career or to work at all. My home and children were my work. Sounds bizarre, doesn’t it? I was trying so hard to be June Cleaver and Susie Homemaker. Striving to be the perfect wife and mother.

Then one day all three of my children needed something trivial that was their responsibility and they were counting on me to work it out and I decided that was it. Everyone was well into their school years so I was going to work. I started as a school library assistant, moved up to Principal’s secretary, and then went to the region offices.

During the time I worked at the school as the Principal’s secretary, I also went to Miami-Dade Community College full-time! There for many years, I was so busy that I never made time for myself. I still worked full-time, took care of the kids, family and home and found time to volunteer at schools, clubs and church. Yes, June and Susie were still with me.

I am the first to admit that I am no longer the “Susie Homemaker” or “June Cleaver” of the world. I think I somehow strangled those women! I am no longer a great cook, housekeeper, etc. That time has passed me by.

I am lucky if I cook once a week. Mr. Wonderful loves to cook so he cooks most of the time. Making matters worse, I detest grocery shopping so Mr. Wonderful does the shopping which is wonderful however, that means that if I do cook, I must use what he buys. If I decide to go to the grocery store to cook something, I go after work and then never get home until 7 or later and then I have to cook? Then we have the fact that Mr. Wonderful does act like Ward Cleaver in one way. He is picky about his food and that causes me to have no desire to cook as well.

This past week however, my daughter introduced me to a service that makes me want to cook again to my heart’s desire! It is called Shipt. Shipt is an on-demand grocery delivery service. For a monthly or annual fee, I have an app on my phone or on-line where I can order groceries from Winn-Dixie or Publix. It depends where you live as to the stores you can shop.

I signed up and decided to try out Shipt. During my lunch hour I pulled up a recipe and ordered groceries to be delivered between 4pm and 5pm to my office. Around 3:30 I received a text stating that my shopper was at the store beginning my shopping and did I need anything else? A little while later she sent a text that she was heading to the check-out. Once checked out, she texts to tell me she was on her way. Soon a young lady arrived at my office with all my groceries. On the app, I had selected that if they did not have my brand or exact item that she could use her judgement and she did very well. They did not have the box of 12 taco shells that I wanted so she brought the taco kit that had the 12 shells. She also brought other items I ordered such as eggs, drinks, crackers, bananas, etc. I left work at 5:15 pm, went home, cooked dinner and was cleaned up by 7 pm and I was one happy lady and Mr. Wonderful enjoyed the meal.

Now, if your order is $35 or more, delivery is free. When have you gotten out of the grocery store for less than $35? I asked my daughter and she said if she orders small orders, she will tip the shopper $5. For larger orders she will give $10 and I mean large. She sometimes has them shop for her full grocery order for the family of six!

I can see a few benefits of this service for me. I think it will help me plan more meals. It will help me when I forget items for a recipe and need things in a pinch. I also think that I will spend less money and buy less junk. When I do go to the grocery store, I am a terrible shopper!

This week I already cooked three meals. One day I made a ham. Ward a/k/a Mr. Wonderful, complained as he does not like sweet things (except for me…tee hee) and of course, I used brown sugar and mustard on it. I then took the ham bones and made lentil soup with ham and oh boy, this was a hit! My next meal was tacos and burritos with ground turkey and spinach wraps. Another hit.

Who knows…I may grow tired of this but... WAIT! What am I saying? Grow tired of someone doing your grocery shopping for you and purchasing just the items you needed? No way.

Who knows…I think Susie Homemaker and June Cleaver may just make a comeback at the Meneses home thanks to Shipt.

Let me know your experiences by e-mailing me at

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