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Emotional Labour

Fed up with always being the one who remembers birthdays, coordinates get-togethers and helps the kids with their school projects? A frazzled Hannah Davies pushes back
PHOTOGRAPH: STOCKSY

Recently, my husband’s brother and his family came to stay for the weekend. In the days before their arrival, I dashed around the house like a woman possessed, washing towels, ironing bedsheets and spritzing the spare bedroom with a specially bought lavender room spray.

I planned the meals carefully around everyone’s different tastes, making a mental note that my brother-in-law doesn’t like pasta and my nephew won’t touch fish. I got the wine I know my sisterin-law likes and bought some little games for the children. I only really stopped short of leaving chocolates on the pillows and rolling out the red carpet as they pulled up outside.

Much as I loved seeing them, by the time they left I was frazzled, made worse by the fact that my husband seemed oblivious to the hours of effort I’d put into making sure his family had a good time.

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