Do you know this collection of essays, Virginia Woolf’s important treatise on why there aren’t (or I should say weren’t, during her time) more women authors?
I do recommend you read it, but in short, historically women’s voices have not been heard (for so many reasons, and also) for the glaring reason inherent in the title. Men get to escape the family, take space, have private time and once they get that time, none of it needs to be spent on fighting for their equal rights. Obviously much has changed, and while women often are, I think, still by and large the ones really hooked into parenting, a room of one’s own feels less literal. In our family, with both of us working, where money and time is scarce, and since we have made the (fortunate and blessed) choice to homeschool…a room of my own, especially in my head, just doesn’t exist. Except after 8pm, and folks…Elvis and everyone else has left the building at that point.
I have some self appointed writing assignments coming up, including one with potential for publication. Everyday I hope it will be the day I can dig in, and each night finds me adding the day to a pile of defeat. Thank goodness for the accomplishments I can count, starting with this smile…
Making “marshmallows” with Marshmallow Root, part of the Herb Fairies that we are still loving.
Can I also count shelling and leaching acorns, or is that frivolous? (For my tutorial from last year on acorns…)
What you don’t see is the village of acorn grubs, squinching around on the bottom. Both the kids LOVE the grubs, think they’re sooooo cute. They are, and there’s nothing worse than peeling an acorn and uncovering a grub in bed. Right now the plan is to save them all and then drop them off by some oak trees this weekend. (The world is ensouled, even grubs.)
I know, I know, this post is just a variation on a theme. I think I already said all this. Like last week. So in order to get out us all out of this little eddy we’re in, starting next week I will be featuring some guest posts, from some of your favorite gals. I’ll kick us off with an article on Monday and then leave it to the girls while I go find that room of my own.
See you next week!