Response to my yesterday's post about the cleaning of shoes was large and reading all your replies was fascinating and did serve to remind me how times have changed.
In the first instance prices have risen so much and the state of housing is such that really both folk in every couple have to work to keep a roof over their heads.
Folk living together can no longer be assumed to be husband and wife which means I just have to speak of 'the couple'.
But as far as yesterday's post is concerned what struck me that roles are no longer defined as they once were are they. It was clear from your replies yesterday that 'cleaning the family shoes was by and large 'the man's job' along with digging the garden, emptying the outside lavatory where needed, seeing to the dustbins. Cleaning the outside windows was not necessarily seen as woman's work if the situation involved danger(although I clearly remember seeing my mother sitting on the outside of the sash wimdow with the window pulled down to her legs to 'trap' her in.)
But now times have changed. Both work - especially once children are at school and often before. Whoever is in first puts the dinner on (and that's another change - our eating habits have changed as we eat frozen meals or quick meals because everybody is hungry and nobody has time or inclination to wait.)
It is just as likely Dad rather than Mum who sticks the washing in the washer, who collects the food from Tesco, who does the washing up. And (sadly) very few people I know own an iron, let alone use it.
Yes Bob Dylan was right and I don't think it is a change for the worse or better - it is just, as it always has been - how things are.