Women are nesters. Like mother birds build their nests for their young, we as women instinctively enjoy making home a safe refuge. C. S. Lewis understood this when he addressed an unnamed woman in his letter dated March 16, 1955.
“I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone-rolling gentleman). But it is surely in reality the most important work in the world.
What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government etc. exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr. Johnson said, ‘To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour’. (1st to be happy to prepare for being happy in our houses).
We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist…”
Letters of C.S. Lewis, W.H. Lewis, Editor, 1966
I sure need this reminder every once in a while. Do you relate?
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