Sunday, August 30, 2009

I'm glad I was...

...born when I was, which is 1956, for the record. That made me far too young to pay much attention when the S*xual Revolution reached its peak in 1969. There was a show on the History Channel last night about just that.

If I'd been among the first Baby Boomers, I'd have been of legal age by 1969. I might have dared to go to Woodstock, but I've never been one for crowds, so I doubt it.

Not sure whether I'd have marched for or against anything. But I do know I've wanted to be a wife and mother from a very young age. Maybe that is why the subtitle of the placard carried by a Woman's Libber (there's a phrase from the past!) bugged me.

I can't remember the top of the sign. The middle said, "Don't Get Married." And below, she had handwritten this: "Washing Diapers is Not Fulfilling!"

And all I could think of was... if your definition of Motherhood starts with 'washing diapers,' then maybe it's a great thing if you don't get married. (I also called her something that rhymes with 'witch,' but I do try to keep this a family-friendly blog). Who'd want you for a mother? Or a wife?}

Miserable human being...I wonder if she ever married and had kids? Did she find joy in it, or was she still stuck in the 'washing diapers is not fulfilling' mode. If so, I feel danged sorry for any kids she brought into this world!

Okay, the soapbox is yours now!


Debbie J. said...

I agree! That was just her opinion that washing diapers isn't fulfilling! How would she know without trying it? Sure its not glamorous, but done out of love for a child, priceless.

Becky said...

I'm far enough along in my 20s now to say that the career woman life isn't necessarily fulfilling either. Maybe it's because I grew up in a Christian home and all my life I've heard at church that motherhood is a high calling, and of the importance of family. It's not that I don't like what I do, but there are definitely days when I wish more than anything to have what she was putting down so vehemently.

BittersweetPunkin said...

LOL I think the Women's Movement ruined it for a lot of us who are content in our roles as wives and mothers. I think anyone who can say it's not fulfilling has never found true happiness in such a move over and let someone else do it. Those of us who are successful at it know it's not a job for the weak.

Happy Sunday!

Mom2fur said...

You sure are right--Motherhood ain't for sissies!

Flat Creek Farm said...

I'll stand right beside you on this soapbox :) Great post. Thanks for the visit too. And yes, it is Harry Truman in the pic :) -Tammy

C. C. said...


Thank you for coming over and looking at my quilt! It's always nice to meet other bloggers!

Have a nice week!

C. C.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Yeah, but burning those bras was a great idea, I think. I just wish they had burned all of them. Truly an instrument of torture, bras had to be invented by men.

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

I'm with you! There is nothing more fulfilling than being a wife and mother. I wouldn't change it for the world! Thank you for your visit and very sweet comment. Have a wonderful day! You Go Girl!!!:-D


A Hint of Home said...

Thanks for your visit today. I always put Fall things out right after Labor Day to make it worth the effort. They stay out till Christmas decor replaces it.
Have a good weekend.

~Alison~ said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I'm new at this, so I was really excited to see a comment from someone I don't know in real life! ;)

I read your post and had to comment! I, too, wanted to be a wife and mother from a very early age. And I never EVER related the idea of motherhood as washing diapers. Even now, on bad days with my 4 month old, when I've changed several dirty diapers in one day and still have baby puke on my clothes that I am wearing from the day before (you get the idea) I feel that motherhood is the most fulfilling "career" I could ever have.

I hope that if that woman ever did decide to have children that her first glance into her child's face made her feel just how fulfilling being a mother is. (for her sake and the child's.)

Susie Q said...

I well remember those days. I was always in agreement that women shoudl be able to do what they wished, and that INCLUDED being a wife and mom. So many in that movement just created a turnabout prejudice. My mom worked as a teacher in the era that most moms stayed at home. She caught all sorts of flak for it. Years later I quit teaching to stay at home with my son and *I* caught all sorts of flak for it.

ARGH. It wasa sup[osed to create a world where women could do whatever they desired NOT to alienate those who chose to be moms at home.

Something went amiss along the way didn't it?

Momhood and running a home (right!) is the toughest job in the world!! *laugh*


sa said...