Tuesday, 2 June 2009

No Place Like Home...

homemaking "I am always hopeful that the pendulum will swing back and that women will see again not only the necessity of a mother's being at home, but also the infinite and rich choice in that occupation for women of all ages. Some will complain of monotony, but how few going out to a paid job have the opportunity to make their own schedules, to choose the routine of their week's labour, to follow up creative interests that women have within the home. Our ever-present disciplines, the pattern of creaturely necessities- cooking, laundry, decently clean houses- are a blessing. Beyond the physical care of the family, for better or worse we are shaping souls and characters. Women learn slowly the magnitude of their influence. Perhaps we would be more contented if we could realize that one of the few remaining free professions is that of a housewife. If a woman resents being just a housewife, let her be called an artist..."

~Josephine Moffett Benton, in The Pace of a Hen

“Marriage and the up-bringing of children in the home require as well-trained a mind and as well-disciplined a character as any other occupation that might be considered a career.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


  1. I'd really love a copy of that book but it's always quite expensive on amazon.

  2. Someone lent me a copy but I had to return it. Perhaps your library would order it for you??

  3. Yes perhaps they would. I never thought of trying.


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