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Found this in my “Holiness for Housewives” book – doesn’t matter if you are religious or not though (or what religion for that matter) – this applies to all of us.<br><br>
“…I cannot, with the utmost energy of imagination, conceive what they mean. When domesticity, for instance, is called DRUDGERY…the difficulty arises from a double meaning in the word. If DRUDGERY only means dreadfully hard work, I admit the woman drudges in the home – as a man might drudge…But if it means that the hard work is more heavy because it is TRIFLING, colorless and of small import to the soul, then, as I say, I give it up; I do not know what the words mean. To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to Whiteley within a certain area, providing toys, books, cakes and boots; to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology and hygiene, I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman’s (read SAHM) function is laborious; but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.” From GK Chesterton, “What’s Wrong with the World” – 1927, p 165.<br><br>
We are not MINUTE – what we do is not merely DRUDGERY – it is certainly not TRIFLING (watching soaps and eating bon bons – anyone?)<br><br>
You are EVERYTHING to your child(ren). You are QUEEN and ARISTOTLE and COUNTLESS OTHER THINGS to them even when you have locked yourself in the bathroom and are half crying/half yelling at them to just leave you alone for five freaking seconds already!<br><br>
No one else going to WORK or their CAREER or their JOB every day is making a difference the way you are. NO ONE – I DON’T CARE WHO THEY ARE! You cannot pay anyone, any sum of money, to be your kid’s mom like you are. It doesn’t matter one damn if you are PERFECT at it. Besides, you think anyone going to “work” is doing their job 100% 24/7? Please! Doctors lose patients. Lawyers lose arguments. Accountants miss numbers. Fill in the blank with the career of choice that makes you tingle with it’s PRESTIGE.<br><br>
That’s all you’re missing ladies. PRESTIGE. Stay-at-home-mom conjures up PRESTIGE for few except those that might say “Oh, that means they have money and don’t HAVE to work, how nice!” (Blech. I really doubt one SAHM here is not making a financial sacrifice to be home. I really doubt one SAHM here couldn’t have more things, take more trips, drive a nicer car, live in a nicer neighborhood and then complain that they HAVE to work if being a SAHM wasn’t so important to them and they didn’t realize the VALUE it will bring to their children’s lives. - I know, I know there are single mothers out there, I’m not talking about them! How sad that this blessing has been ripped away from them!) Anyway, back to my rant…<br><br>
You might not have had to get a degree to get your position as mom, but that doesn’t make you uneducated or worse - wasting your education! Heaven forbid!<br><br>
You are missing APPRECIATION and PAY and PRESTIGE, ladies. Well, I can’t pay you, but I do APPRECIATE you and I do think of your position as the MOST PRESTIGIOUS ON EARTH. I do! Grab your kids and give yourself a freaking hug already! You think anyone else gets to hug their “boss” on a regular basis? When they’re having a bad day? You think anyone else going to “work” gets a little relief now and then by watching their “boss” do or say something SO CUTE that tears well up in their eyes? Forget it sisters, we are BLESSED and WE WORK HARDER than anyone else on earth and our work is MORE IMPORTANT, so there!<br><br>
Okay, off my <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"> and back to your regularly scheduled programming…
 

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I saved that quote. I couldn't have said it better myself.<br><br>
Ladies, here's to all we do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne">
 

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Great quote, MCI mom. If you like that, than you'd probably love the book "The Price of Motherhood," by Anne Crittenden. She's an economist and dares to imply that mother's should receive some sort of financial compensation from society as they are performing a very important task for society-- raising kids who will then go on to contribute (or NOT contribute) to society. It's a really interesting read-- not that you have the time !:LOL
 

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That is awesome! What an inspiring post! I've forwarded this to my sister. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Great quote.<br><br>
I love G. K. CHesterton. He also said this which I love,<br><br>
" A child is the very sign and sacrament of personal freedom!"<br><br>
I am so happy to finally see some GKC on this board!
 

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Thank you very much for posting that, mcimom! What a wonderful reminder of the importance of our work.<br><br>
I have been wanting to read <i>Holiness for Housewives</i>, and now I want to read it even more! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
God bless,<br>
icxcnika
 

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Oh my goodness!!!!!!! You made me laugh so hard I thought my stomach would pop AND I'd wake my babe. AAAAGGGGHHHHH! That post ROCKS! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br><br>
I felt like you were up there on the preacher's post and I was down in pews and you were aaaaallll fired up with the spirit, Glory Hallelujah! and I was saying AMEN SISTER!<br>
There are times when I read something and I'm thankful for living. This was one of those times.<br><br>
Today, you are my blessing Mcimom. Thanks a bunch. You're swell!
 
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