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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Today's Topic: Housewives and Homemaking

There was an interesting conversation going on over at
Amber May Be that I thought you might want to be involved in.  Click on the link to get the whole story.  Basically, there is a movement brewing to re-name the term "Homemaking", with the thinking that it is outdated and old. 

The word homemaking is not a commonly used term anymore.  Why?  I don't know.  But I have several guesses.  I'm not going to go into that now.  Here's what I want to discuss, the meaning of Homemaking has evolved, just like everything else does over time.  Does that mean we need to  update it, rename it?? NO.  Should we rename the television because it doesn't look like it did in the 50's?  No.  That would be silly.  We should be openly talking about what the term Homemaking really means today. 

The oldfashioned definition suggests that you have to wear a frilly apron and be standing ready with a plate of freshly baked cookies to be a Homemaker.  False.  As are many of the other thoughts about what homemaking is.  SO, what is it???

Amber had a fantastic description at her blog ..."homemaking is a sacred calling. Homemaking is pouring love into your home and life and kids. Yeah, a big part of it is cooking and cleaning and decorating, but it’s also promoting a beautiful spirit. You don’t have to have kids to homemake. You don’t have to be a stay at home mom. You don’t have to be female. You don’t even have to own your home. All you have to do is try to make your living space a comfortable and happy place to be."

I like that.  Let's write up a new definition for Homemaking and be proactive in spreading that info around so that people are proud to call themselves Homemakers. 

What do you think Homemaking  is?  Give us your definition please.

6 comments:

lettersfromlaunna

Homemaking is exactly what you say it is, making our living spaces comfortable and happy.

Great blog :)

Amber Mae

Maria,
You simplified the concept and made it perfect. Thanks for the link :)

abdullatif

Hi,
I found your blog on purebloggers I like it, Iam following you now goodluck.

Maria

Thanks friends. I am glad to know others agree with these ideas. Abdul, welcome. Glad you're here!

Mary

I love this quote about homemaking: “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
― C.S. Lewis

Maria

I love that Mary! Thanks for sharing.

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