A friend of mine texted me from his native home in Arkansas guffawing, telling me that he learned of a group at his mom’s church called the SOWs - Surrendered Obedient Women. I immediately googled it, thinking it was a joke. Later in the day I came upon this image in a vintage cookbook, c. 1957, and noted that in addition to her cinched waist, beaming smile and apparent magical abilities, the text includes a line “It’s smart to be careful.” I immediately considered my haggard self typically coming home from work, changing into yoga pants and making dinner for our kids. Barely a nod in my husband’s direction when he comes through the door a few hours later. Would he not be utterly charmed and delighted to see me in a dress, in heels, with a huge smile on my face as is portrayed in the illustration? You bet he would. Might I in fact be happier with less daily stress of the full-time job, commuting, etc.? Quite possibly yes. I am not anywhere close to being “obedient,” but I will consider the 50’s housewife’s advice: it’s smart to be careful. Careful to not let things get out of whack, to let work dominate so much of my time and energy. A happy home life does indeed trump all.
This has been a wonderful Christmas, full of just enough: just enough excitement, just enough calm. Heading to VT tomorrow for some family time with friends, a little snow and skiing. Grateful for all of this just enough ;)