A Woman’s Work

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A Woman's WorkThroughout history in this country, it seems that no matter what the circumstances and/or living conditions, a woman was always brought in to do the cooking and laundry. This old photo in a book about Alaska drove that message home and I felt compelled to do some journaling on the subject. Obviously, you cannot read my words…and there’s a reason for that!

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  1. Agreed. And yet in an odd way doing those automatic tasks freed our minds to meditate, to think creatively, to dream the next. Or those requiring greater effort allowed us to vent our angers or even quiet our fears

    • I’ll have to think on the meditation comment, Gabrielle. My best meditation comes with creative time. Perhaps some women would see cooking and doing laundry as creative time…but not me, I’m afraid. Give me a paint brush or a torch and I’m in heaven!

      • Give me a camera in a big city where I fade to oblivion – and stuff to picky, picky photoshop. It’s my happy and my calm. You? I could say and she creates magic wherever she goes!

      • I see what you are saying Lee. I like this conversation and what Gabrielle wrote. I think it all comes within.(not sure this is the right word..) I do find my creativity in cooking. A lot. I love mixing the colors of different produce and spices and herbs, the texture, and of cours the taste of it all . An older and wise man told me once, it really doesn’t matter which task he is going for he enjoys it all. I truly believe him. ( but not necessarily feel that way…I wish I did). I think it is not the ‘task’ that we (women) became sensitive to be connected with, but the ‘reputation ‘ or the attitude that comes with it.. Like ‘women belong to the kitchen…’ Enjoy doing what you like the most (-:

      • We are fortunate to be able to cook in a way that is joyful. We are blessed with abundance and a desire to nourish our loved ones. The wise man you speak of, Ronit, obviously had a good attitude toward life. Find your joy…that’s what I say daily. I just wonder if the woman in my painting had time for such discoveries.

  2. i love the color pallet and the use of the white line. The words, unreadable, give texture – as do those pesky chores. Woman’s work might never be done but lowering my standards certainly helped. Our grandmothers – now that was “back in the day”. Love your posts and thoughts

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