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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. 

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 ;)

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 ;)

A loaf almost too pretty to eat from Crossroads Bakery, Doylestown, PA. (at Crossroads Bakery)

A loaf almost too pretty to eat from Crossroads Bakery, Doylestown, PA. (at Crossroads Bakery)

"The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become." Milan Kundera

"The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become." Milan Kundera

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I keep lists and notes, obsessively.  I find partially filled notebooks all around my house… bits and pieces of history that mean nothing to anyone but me.

I keep lists and notes, obsessively.  I find partially filled notebooks all around my house… bits and pieces of history that mean nothing to anyone but me.