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Prompt: Going back to homemaking after working in a factory (esmeiolanthe)
Characters: Shirley
Rating: G
Summary: Shirley muses about “the good old days.”
Notes: Canon.  Takes place not long after the end of Danny’s chapter.  This will be a theme of future chapters, but this itself probably won’t appear.
Word Count: 382

Shirley Alcott Gavigan was ready to scream with boredom, and it wasn’t even ten o’clock in the morning yet.

There were moments, even though she didn’t like to admit it, that she was sorry that the war had ended.  Not because she wanted her husband to go back overseas to face the danger and uncertainly that war meant, of course.  No, her reasons were much more selfish than that.  She simply wanted to have the stimulation and excitement that working in the shipyard had brought her.  She missed those days.  She missed the friends she made there too.  Now that the war was over, and everyone had settled back into being wives and mothers, it was nearly impossible to find the time to get together even for the briefest amount of time.

In some ways, it was worse for Shirley trying to fall back into that role, because it wasn’t one that she had ever really wanted to fill.  She’d always been a tomboy, preferring overalls to skirts and tree climbing to tea parties.  Thanks to her mother’s insistence, she knew basic housewifely tasks, like cooking and cleaning, but she didn’t like any of them.  She hadn’t noticed it so much at first, what with setting up her new house (thank goodness she’d convinced Walter that there was no way in hell she and his mother could coexist in the same household without bloodshed being involved).  But now that all the cupboards, drawers, and closets were arranged, there wasn’t anything to do.

She would have loved to find a job to help fill her days, but now that the war was over women just didn’t work.  Well, married women anyway.  Since Dotty was widowed, she could work to her little heart’s content without anyone batting an eye.  If Shirley had dared, she would have faced the scorn that comes from living in a gossipy small town.  Hopefully, she thought as she got up from the sofa where she had dramatically flopped, there would be a baby to prepare for and take care of soon, and that would provide a distraction for Shirley.  It would be even better if that baby turned out to be a boy, because Shirley would be able to teach him so much more than she would a daughter.


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Oct. 27th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC)
Ugh, it would suck to have to try and fit into a mold that just...doesn't work. Interestingly, in some ways, Shirley is probably unhappier than she would have been had she been born 40 years earlier - she had the opportunity for something other than being a wife and mother, and now she no longer has it. I guess it's worse to never have it at all, but it still sucks. I hope she figures it out, or at least gets a bit happier with life at some point!
Oct. 27th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the taste of something more that she got certainly didn't help things. This is before Dwight (her son) is born, and she enjoys being a mom a lot more than she does being a housewife with nothing really to do. Plus, all her friends will be less enthralled with their husbands suddenly being home, and will want to hang out more. She'll be fine, eventually.
Oct. 29th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
It's got to be much harder since Shirley's friends all have kids and she doesn't :( I'm hoping Shirley gets into feminism when it's time. I bet she'd take to it well.
Oct. 30th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
It really was. Once Dwight came along, things got much better for her. Feminism and Shirley would go together well, with the added bonus of it pissing Rosalie off. :P
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