Bob Greene (in the Detroit Free Press) cited a study by attorney Michael Minton on the monetary value of a wife's services in the
home. First he listed the various functions she performs: chauffeur, gardener, family counselor, maintenance worker,
cleaning woman, housekeeper, cook, errand runner, bookkeeper/budget manager, interior decorator, caterer,
dietitian, secretary, public relations person, hostess. Using this impressive list of household duties, Minton figured the
dollar value of a housewife's work in today's (1981) labor market. He came up with the amount of $785.07 a week. That's
$40,823.64 a year!
Bishop Taylor came the closest of anyone to capturing the sentiment of Proverbs 31 when he wrote: "If you are for pleasure,
marry. If you prize rosy health, marry. A good wife is heaven's last best gift to a man; his angel of mercy; minister of graces
innumerable; his gem of many virtues; his box of jewels; her voice, his sweetest music; her smiles, his brightest day; her
kiss, the guardian of innocence; her arms, the pale of his safety; the balm of his health; the balsam of his life; her
industry, his surest wealth; her economy, his safest steward; her lips, his faithful
counselors...and her prayers, the ablest advocates of heaven's blessing on his head."
Today in the Word, July, 1989, p. 44.