Friday, November 21, 2003

On Motherhood...

I was looking for this quote by G. K. Chesterton for my Babies vs. Career post below but couldn't find it - until today! Here he compares the role of a teacher vs. that of a mother... "When domesticity is called drudgery, all the difficulty arises from a double meaning in the word. If drudgery means dreadfully hard work, I admit the woman drudges in the home... I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot understand 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?"

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