Whenever I talk about the importance of women embracing the wonderful “career” of being a keeper at home, there is usually some snide feminist who interprets my exhortation as an attempt to incarcerate them in their domiciles. For those who have not been keeping house, it may be understandable that such a prospect is unattractive. I don’t know what the future holds, but with the economic instability we are now experiencing, I see signs that the freedom to roam far from home may become restricted for many people who have been accustomed to a lifestyle that is far from home-centered. It may be time to reacquaint ourselves with the charms (or potential charms) of blooming where we’re planted.
I’ve been enjoying the great tips from Crystal’s website, Money Saving Moms, especially as we have been trying to be more careful the last few months while watching the signs of the times tend toward hardship for many. She linked to the frugal blog called “Life From the Roof,” written by a young wife and mother who lives in the Bay Area, just a couple hours from us. She posted a poem that reminded me of the message with which I try to encourage other mothers who sometimes grow weary in well-doing at home. She aptly referred to it as “The Freedom of Limitations.” It’s the sonnet Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent’s Narrow Room by William Wordsworth:
Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room;
And hermits are contented with their cells;
And students with their pensive citadels;
Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom,
Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom,
High as the highest Peak of Furness-fells,
Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells:
In truth the prison, unto which we doom
Ourselves, no prison is: and hence for me,
In sundry moods, ’twas pastime to be bound
Within the Sonnet’s scanty plot of ground;
Pleased if some Souls (for such there needs must be)
Who have felt the weight of too much liberty,
Should find brief solace there, as I have found.
Have you ever felt the weight of “too much liberty”? How do God-given limitations differ from those imposed by a tyrannical state?