Creative Work of Housekeeping


Mechanically we have gained, in the last generation, but spiritually we have, I think, unwittingly lost. In other times, women had in their lives more forces which centered them whether or not they realized it; sources which nourished them whether or not they consciously went to these springs. Their very seclusion in the home gave them time alone. Many of their duties were conducive to a quiet contemplative drawing together of the self. They had more creative tasks to perform. Nothing feeds the center so much as creative work, even humble kinds like cooking and sewing. Baking bread, weaving cloth, putting up preserves, teaching and singing to children, must have been far more nourishing than being the family chauffeur or shopping at supermarkets, or doing housework with mechanical aids. The art and craft of housework has diminished, much of the time-consuming drudgery remains. In housework, as in the rest of life, the curtain of mechanization has come down between the mind and hand.– Anne Morrow Lindbergh in Gift from the Sea

3 comments:

  1. I will have to read it then! The quote was sent to me by a friend, and I just fell in love with it.

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  2. This is lovely! I am going to have to read it too!

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