Friday, July 6, 2007

At Home Motherhood

This week I read At Home Motherhood. It had been on my wish list at Amazon for a while and got down to like $1, so I bought it. It is really late on this, my appointed blog day, & so I'm going to have to leave it at that. It was a good book & offered me some good insights/food for thought. It wasn't what I expected really--I think I was looking for something that was going to say, "cut back on your other interests & make the kids your mission," but this book was very supportive of at home mothers pursuing their passions & actually made me feel much better about all the stuff I squeeze in around the edges--like it is important to my full development as a woman :-) I'd marked a bunch of pages, but don't have time to transcribe them now.

One evening I was putting some books away--deciding what belongs in my to-read-someday-but-probably-not-very-soon-and-maybe-never box and what belongs on my to-read-next bookshelf--and I accidentally started reading The Nanny Diaries. I've read it before, but it was several years ago. So, before I knew it, it was after 2:00 a.m. and the book was finished (I started it at like 11:30). This is why I don't read fiction very often--because I will not get enough sleep and will be all glassy-eyed from excessive book consumption without a break for food or water ;-)

This week I also read the summer issue of Midwifery Today. There was an interesting article in it about "life as an apprentice." Reinforced that it is not the path for me during this season of my life. I don't know how people manage it! There was also a good article about using media to educate about birth. I'd like to use this blog for more birth education/advocacy than I currently do. Another good article was "reflections on the end of my career." Lots to think about--I think it is good for people just starting out to read/hear the reflections of those who are closing that chapter of their lives.

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