Thanks to Facebook, I recently got back in touch with a friend from college, Marta, who has a wonderful blog called My Goodly Heritage. Most recently she's been writing some great stuff about homemaking and child rearing. You'll find the first one here, but there are at least three others after that, and I'm hoping many more. I'm finding myself thinking all sorts of things in response. A partial list:
Homemaking/childcare as vocation and spiritual practice.
How interior (or mental) landscapes affect exterior (or physical) landscapes.
The different needs people have for their home spaces (serenity or stimulation, for example).
Why do we claim to value parenting, and believe that daycare workers should be trained, licensed and closely supervised, yet don't think either of these jobs deserves a serious salary?
How creating a family demands creating a home in some fashion.
So that is a far from exhaustive list of things I'm fumbling about with. Once I've figured out what, if any, of my thoughts you need to be subjected to, I'll be back. In the meantime though, go check out Marta's blog.