Making lunch can be one of the best ways to save money when you’re on a budget. It also gives you the chance to take a break from the stress and focus on what you’re doing. Packing someone’s lunch is an act of true kindness, whether it’s made for your dear children or your beloved husband. Unfortunately, women nowadays are quick to attack other women who are just trying to show their husbands that they care, in the best way they know how.
Maddie lives on the North shore of Australia with her husband and child. Recently, she came under fire on a private Facebook group for moms when she asked about good lunch recipes. Her simple post that would bring such controversy into her life was simple, “I would love to hear what other mums make their hubbies for lunch and snacks throughout the work day. We are getting over sandwiches…”
When some of the other moms saw her post, they were quick to lash out at the 22-year-old. They called her horrible names, such as “slave” or “1950s housewife.” The comments were harsh, ranging from “Whatever he could be bothered to make himself, which is nothing, so he doesn't eat lunch. All is fair in love and war” to "I was married for twenty years and my favourite packed lunch for my husband was called a 'Get it Yourself' with a side order of 'I’m not your mother'.”
Admins of the group were quick to delete the worst of the comments, but sadly, many were left up. Maddie was crushed by the harsh way she was treated, but thankfully, many women rushed in to help her and offer recipes they - and their husbands - love. One of the women commented, “Being caring is not a tradition, it is just being loving. Nice to hear others do. He likes it when I cut up bread, cheese, etc. like an antipasto platter in his lunch box!”
The next morning, Maddie was quick with her retort to the trolls, telling them “You should be ashamed of yourselves. You have no idea what my husband does — he works in an extremely physically demanding job, he does housework, he cooks dinner every second night… He is a champion. The least I can do is make him a bloody sandwich. I love my man, he deserves to eat lunch and we can’t afford to eat out… When did it become a crime to look after your man…” Luckily, her comment quieted the rude women and they left her alone.
We hope Maddi got all the recipes she needed to help her venture out with her lunches, and we’re proud of her for standing up for herself. Hopefully, her story will remind people to take a moment to step back and be kind to those who have asked for help, rather than rushing in immediately with harsh judgment.