I have to interject here and tell you I just wrote a long post on this subject in which I heavily quoted from the introduction to this book, with full intention to label this a "Words of Wisdom" post. Typepad has somehow lost all this laboriously copied text, which tells me I was not meant to share so much of her work in this space. We're talking at least three paragraphs of quotes here. Clearly, I need to buy my own copy of this lovely book.
Over a year ago, a good friend wrote me a letter in which she attacked my recent turn toward domesticity. I attended to a well-reputed university in the States. I have completed round one of graduate school (I have a Masters degree). My friend was appalled at how much I enjoy my small domestic pursuits: the knitting, cooking, baking, homemaking, baby-wrangling madness that I embrace so openly. At the time of her letter, I didn't own a sewing machine yet. Who knows how upset she must be with me now! I don't. We have never discussed it. There is no way I can make her understand the effect her letter had on me or explain things to her in diplomatic terms until she has children of her own (and perhaps not even then), but reading the introduction to The Gentle Art of Domesticity made me feel severely tempted to send her a copy of the book. I'll just leave you with these few words of wisdom, courtesy of Jane Brocket (from the book's Introduction):
The gentle arts have moved into a new realm in contemporary life, a realm we can choose to enter should we wish, and one in which the act of doing is as important as the result. Ignore all calls for perfection and focus instead on what you can achieve, and the pleasures of the gentle arts will be yours for the taking.