My travel journals from various countries.
Because I haven’t traveled in a while, and the gypsy in me is clawing her way to the surface after dormant semesters of academic imprisonment behind desks that don’t fly.
Love or money?
Historically, a question posed only about women marrying male breadwinners.
But now, this same question applies to men, as well.
Because, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40% of American women are now the breadwinners of the family. And this, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, creates a new strain of marital tension between “an alpha woman and a beta man.”
You have a new home.
It’s a palace, really.
This is where you live now, in grand splendor.
And, as mother of the new ruling Sultan, you shall be his confidant, his supreme advisor, his personal herald and protector. Because you, ippetlu, are the most treasured object of his unconditional love & devotion.
You are the Valide Sultan.
Your now-royal son escorts you ceremoniously through gilded palace doors into your new harem home.
It is resplendent.
Thousands of years ago, when attacks on tribes in many parts of the world was common, women in the Kayani tribes of Burma (now Myanmar) began to melt down their valuables & coil them around their necks, arms, and ankles in order to keep their treasure safe.
In the event of an attack, they would be able to escape with all their valuables in tow.