Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Channeling Dorothy

I'm working hard to channel Dorothy Canfield Fisher today. Dorothy Canfield Fisher was a prolific Vermont author as well as being a champion for social causes and..... you guessed it, a mother. This is why I am trying to channel her. Just when I am convinced that it is impossible to get anything of any lasting value whatsoever done with children in the house I remember that Dorothy wrote something like 45 books in her lifetime. Not only did she pump out the novels like a machine, she founded several non-profit organizations that benefited both adults and children.

Frankly, as much as I respect Dorothy, whose book "The Homemaker" is a feminist manifesto disguised as fiction, written before feminism even had a name, she kind of makes me sick. You see, it's women like this, the alpha moms so to speak, that make us slacker moms look bad. Dorothy had it all, apparently, before having it all was even an available concept to women. She knew she was born to write, she needed to write, she had something to say and she said it. And somehow she managed to put the social pressures put on women to be dutiful, everpresent, homemaking mothers aside and carry on with her passion.

"If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks' vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days." Dorothy Canfield Fisher

My book is far from finished. In fact, I'm still working on the first sentence. But I have been writing. Find proof of that here

Excerpt from The Homemaker where the husband, who's been serving as an unlikely primary caregiver for his children, has an epiphany regarding just how little the act of raising children is valued in society: 

"Why the fanatic feminists were right, after all.  Under its greasy camouflage of chivalry, society is really based on a contempt for women’s work in the home.  The only women who were paid, either in human respect or in money, were women who gave up their traditional job of creating harmony out of human relationships and did something really useful, bought or sold or created material objects.  As for any man’s giving his personality to the woman’s work of trying to draw out of children the best there might be in them…fiddling foolishness!  Leave it to the squaws! "