Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle...

In CBS today, Patty, our teaching director read a quote to illustrate how all of us, as moms and grandmas, are leaders. (We were studying the Israelite leaders this week.) She wanted to point out that the decisions a leader makes affect the people they are leading, as was the case of the Israelite kings-- whose decisions ultimately led the people into exile.

I loved the quote she read so much that I asked her for it. Thankfully, she had a copy she could hand me right there. So I get to share it with you all! I hope it reminds all you moms out there that what you are doing every day is VERY important!!

Addressing the subject of mothers over 100 years ago, GK Chesterton said:
"The daily operations surrounded her with very young children, who needed to be taught not so much anything but everything. Babies need not be taught a trade, but to be introduced to a world. To put the matter shortly, a woman is generally shut up in a house with a human being at the time when he asks all the questions that there are, and some that there aren't... Our race has thought it worthwhile to cast this burden on women in order to keep common sense in the world... But when people begin to talk about this domestic duty as not merely difficult but trivial and dreary, I simply give up the question... How can it be an (important) career to tell other people's children about mathematics, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe?... A woman's function is laborious... not because it is minute, but because it is gigantic. I will pity mothers for the hugeness of their task; I will never pity them for its smallness."
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