Thursday, May 31, 2007

Up Next

I have been so behind on just about everything but life is looking like it might just settle down enough that I can start concentrating on blogging again .. soon ... I hope! I'm going to put together some online resources that I use or have found to be helpful with this whole "natural" living thing. I almost to the point of refusing to call it an organic lifestyle since "organic" has become such a buzz word that I think it's lost a lot of meaning. ... I find it funny to think that it's only been that last 50 years or so that we haven't been living organically. Pre WWII most people grew their own food, used "natural" cleaning methods and understood basics of ecology. Its funny when I talk to my grandmother about making my own laundry soap using Fels Naptha and she remembers her mother using it for stains on her father's shirts! The cycle of life I suppose!

The Retro Housewife!

For all of those with stay at home mom guilt .. check out the Retro Housewife.

After browsing RH for awhile a memory of Freshman English flooded back. I think it was the obligatory "What I want to be when I grow up" essay. Mine was about how I wanted to be a caretaker of my family .. take care of my husband, our children and our home. My feminist teacher graded the writing an 'A' but made an example of me .. saying that I anti-feminist, a traitor to my sex and wondered why such an intelligent person would aspire to so little. Funny how a 14 year old could cause a grown woman to be so defensive, huh? I was literally speechless for a few minutes (not an easy task for me!) and finally retorted that I was aspiring have the best and most important occupation in the world and it needed no degree, no career wardrobe and no daycare. Needless to say it was a tough year but it taught me to be tolerant of others ways of life.

I honestly believe that not every woman is cut out to be a full time homemaker. The glory of the feminist movement is that we have a choice. Bottom line is that each mother, whether they work at home, work from home, or outside of the home, loves and cares for her children and is parenting her children the best way she knows. I have felt (and heard on occasion) that my choice to be a full time homemaker is one of laziness and I have nothing interesting to contribute. I think all mothers, regardless of their situation, have moments where we question if we're doing what's best for our kids. I think that I'd be able to get my kids more toys or my husband would be able to get a newer car if I were working a "normal" job. But my kids don't need another toy (just another one to be picked up!) and my husband's car is perfectly fine. They need me and that is a fantastic feeling!