Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Midweek Meditation

       "Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied."            ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

Take a moment to meditate on this one.  Look beyond the lofty language and gender patronizing.  (Remember that Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, lived in the 19th century.)  My contemporary spin is that Hawthorne is describing the zen-like feeling you get when you are totally involved in work that you love.

I found it a neat coincidence that blogger, Franklin Habit, just hours ago, posted "I Sew Like a Girl" at his "The Panopticon" blog.  It is an amusing entry that I recommend reading if you have the time.

It is good living in an era where we are free to explore pursuits that are not traditional to our gender, don't you agree?

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post. And I am going to have to catch up with Franklin's blog. I haven't visited him for a long time. Thanks for reminding me.