Tupperware Party

A modest suburban living room
greets women young and middle
aged as they gather to shop
in comfort for sturdy plastic
containers sold on the party plan.
After a hard day’s work earning
a living, caring for children, they’ve
farewelled those children, the husbands
and grandparents all babysitting
for the evening. Now they relax on
sofa, armchairs and floor as they
view smartly designed containers
in the latest shapes and colours
artistically stacked on coffee
tables, occasional tables. In the
corner china, cutlery, cover
the dining table ready for the
supper set out in the kitchen.

Their interest is held by the sales
woman’s samples and brochures,
recipes and anecdotes; their questions
answered promptly, eloquently.
More foods and dishes are discussed
by working women who work for
most of the day wherever they are.

Finally supper, savouries, cakes,
coffee, and tea as they question
the saleswoman, fill in order forms.
A comfortable evening, a meeting
of minds who spend their days
working for others but tonight
nurtured themselves while they
shopped for their families.


Previously posted September 2016.

Tupperware Party

6 thoughts on “Tupperware Party

    1. Yes. There was not a lot on the social scene for working women in the seventies. A friend who unexpectedly got pregnant to a guy she had just decided to drop in 1973 was able to keep her baby and survive financially on the very new sole parents benefit, by supplementing it with tupperware parties in the evenings when working friends were able to babysit.

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      1. That is how it was back then. My sister “had” to marry a new boyfriend in order to keep her baby. Two years later she would have had the sole parent benefit to help he through. She stick it out for 19 years then left him. Her new man was great for her but died after fifteen years together. She let it all lapse for seven years and is now on to man number 3. So far so good.

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