Wednesday, April 06, 2005

My Old Fashioned Oats

There are a lot of things I do that others call “old-fashioned.”

I make breakfast using steel cut oats in a pot instead of dumping powder out of a packet.

I use cash for spending instead of credit cards.

I dip my husband’s shirts in cooked starch before ironing to get just the right level of stiffness.

(Ironing itself is becoming old-fashioned in our wash-and-wear world, though, isn’t it?)

It’s not surprising that I have old-fashioned views on marriage, too. In an introductory college course on world culture, we ridiculed a Christian tract that suggested women defer to their husbands.

My classmates and I drew audible gasps when the professor pointed out its publication date: not 1888, but 1988.

Yet today I find myself craving encouragement as a wife and mother. Can you recommend any books which helped you embrace your choice to be home?
  • Creative Counterpart by Linda Dillow
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
  • His Needs, Her Needs: How to Affair Proof Your Marriage by Harley
  • The Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlesinger

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