Friday, December 09, 2005

A woman's work is never done

Listening to Joni Mitchell, mellowing out on this Friday afternoon. Have finally after all these years started on my projected e-mail book. wow! This is exciting!
Thinking of women and our lot...Always remember that memorable bit in Phillip Roth's The Plot Against America: "The men worked 50, 60, even 70 or more hours a week; the women worked all the time, with little assistance from labor saving devices, washing laundry, ironing shirts, mending socks, turning collars, sewing on buttons, mothproofing wollens, polishing furniture, sweeping and washing floors, washing windows, cleaning sinks, tubs, toilets, and stoves, vacuuming rugs, nursing the sick, shopping for food, cooking meals, feeding relatives, tidying closets and drawers, overseeing paint jobs and household repairs, arraging for religious observances, paying bills and keeping the family's books while simultaneously attending to their children's health, clothing, cleanliness, schooling, nutrition, conduct, birthdays, discipline, and morale. "
And I would add that oftentimes they still manage to hold a full time job. Is it any wonder that they take pills and have frequent breakdowns. It is true that a woman's work is never done, and that lack of sense of accomplishment can sometimes defeat us. So anyway the book will be on the substance of woman through the ages and geography...

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