Written by: Beth R
I am a newbie rock girl who has found herself in the unexpected role of “housewife”. We moved to the island of Nevis in January because my husband wanted to become a doctor. So naturally, studying in the Caribbean was the logical choice.
I gave up my job, friends, family, and Starbucks, packed up our life, and shipped out. Being in my mid-twenties, I had just started to find my calling of what I wanted to do with my life and now here I am, starting over again somewhere new. It’s fun, exciting, and frustrating all at once. Most everyone dreams of living on an island at some point in their lives – people see breathtaking tropical sunset pictures or take one week vacations in the paradise of their choosing and think, Oh yeah… I could totally get used to this. However, as I’m now discovering, it is totally different once you actually do it.
I have done my best to keep an open mind and stay positive (it helps that the island’s alcohol is much stronger!), but settling into a housewife routine has been a little out of my league. We don’t have kids, but it definitely feels like I have one at home at times as I take care of my husband so he can study hard. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands – repeat. That’s my life now. A part of me thought I would be going to the beach every day, chatting it up with locals, and enjoying the night life. But this, among other things, has been quite a surprise…
Unexpected Discoveries of the Island Housewife Lifestyle
- So much dust! Where does it all come from?! Sweeping and dusting everyday is inescapable.
- The odd sensation of being both hot and sticky all the time.
- No version of fast food on this rock equates to cooking homemade dinner… Every. Single. Night. *Creativity required.
- Sunscreen is the new make-up. Bug spray is the new perfume. It just feels so… glamorous.
- Island life is mighty expensive. Checking your bank account also requires alcohol – that debt sure knows how to climb!
- BUGS. That is all.
- Island time traffic must be scheduled for, just as it was back home; though the only difference is it’s not due to snow here, but rather trying to avoid hitting monkeys and goats on the road.
- Everyday is casual Friday – Hello, flip flops!
Though I did a lot of research before coming here, there are some things you can only truly understand once you experience them firsthand. I can say that I definitely have a better appreciation for all the housewives and moms out there – on an island or otherwise. And though it is a full-time job in and of itself, I decided to venture out and have found myself a teaching job on my rock as well. I’m taking island life by the horns!
Though I’m not on the beach every day, and island living is shockingly a lot like back home in the typical ways of responsibility, this experience is a ride I’m enjoying – especially as each day comes to a close, and I take in one amazing sunset after another. That part is just as perfect as I’d pictured it would be.