It's just the same old thing. Here it is on a rainy Sunday afternoon and I'm reading...and torn between two books. I was never required nor encouraged to take a Women's Studies course in which I might have read in whole or in part The Feminine Mystique so I recently took it upon myself to read this groundbreaking book. It probably could break the ground because it is so big, so long, yet none- the-less, I am enjoying it immensely. However, the second book I am going through is a book entitled Homesteading. It's about having your own garden, canning, crafting, etc.
I find that I am simultaneously drawn to both books, both lifestyles, both ideals. I want to create things, like jams and candles and babies. At the same time, I want to have an effect on people outside of the homestead, specifically the students over which I have a limited influence. I want to teach them things like irony, metaphor and denouement. Though the modern woman might say that I can have both things, do all things, I really just don't have it in me to do so, to be so. Another modern woman might tell me I just need to find balance, light a homemade candle and read Shakespeare while eating my jam as a baby sleeps.
I'll take the "choice," any day over no choice at all. I just find it funny, though perfectly human, I suppose, that I want to do such contrasting things all at once. Every woman has the option to struggle with this. Perhaps by the end of the book I will have all the answers/solutions that I require, but I doubt it. Right now I'm reveling in the possibilities of making my own pie crust vs. explaining Freytag's triangle.
Causes Katherine McWilliams Supports
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation jdrf.org Macula Vision Research Foundation mvrf.org Washington Office on Latin America wola.org/juarez