To Be A Better Wife

To be a better wife I need a husband who’s here.

Here, 
helping at home with the chores
sharing the work so that I can have more
giving me time to relax just by being there.

There, 
chopping the veggies at night
washing the dishes that lie in the sink 
giving me time to sit with my cup of chai. 

He’s needed everywhere
shopping lists and laundry duty, tidying up. 
Learning that his wife can’t cope, she’s doing enough. 
Love makes him care that I rest
he’s sharing the housework, I feel really blessed.
There’s hope in my eyes as I finally realise 
he will be there. And everywhere. 

Here, there and everywhere.

The lyrics of ‘To Be A Better Wife’ are written to the music of Here There and Everywhere – a song composed and written by the Beatles. I wrote this during the lockdown of 2020.

Thanks to my husband for the writing prompt ‘To be a better wife’ and for brightening up my life by helping out with chores at home – on days he commutes to work, as well as during the lockdown.

Thanks to my mum for the daily singing practise and for letting me bounce ideas for the lyrics off her. This is the first time in years that I’ve been able to talk to her on the phone without having to mop, clean, cook or dust while I do so, and we’ve able to sing together over the phone.

It’s been nice!


Permissions in my blog copyright notice cover my writing in this post to the extent that is permitted by laws on copyright relating to writing parody, and do not apply to the music. I do not claim any copyright or ownership of Here, There and Everywhere – this rests with the owners of this music.

This video was a fun family activity for all of us and I recorded it in hope that it promotes social change and for no other purpose.

Published by Anitaelise

Anitaelise teaches piano lessons at Anitaelise Piano Studio and writes poetry and essays at The Relaxed Housekeeper.

4 thoughts on “To Be A Better Wife

    1. Thanks Murisopsis! Yes he is.

      This project kept us entertained during the early months of the lockdown. We live in flats/apartments and couldn’t go out. So this was some much needed offscreen entertainment amid the crazy busy of learning and webinars I took to learn online teaching and become more tech savvy.

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    1. Thanks Vignesh! Chores actually keep one healthy. A hospital in Andheri actually gives diabetic patients a list which says do housework. It gets people moving before and after meals and keeps blood sugar spikes down.

      These days, with work-from-home, we’re all desperate to hang out the washing just to get some movement into our sedentary days ha ha!! Never thought I’d see the day.

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