Hello again, dear friends. How lovely to be back online for a couple of hours and have an opportunity to say hi to all of you. How wonderful it was to get back and read all your sweet comments and emails.
I love and enjoy my quiet life, even in the midst of Pesach cleaning. It's amazing how much there is to do, even in a small household of only two people – and before we have accumulated any clutter at all! I can imagine that as our possessions grow and our family expands (Lord willing), cleaning will become more and more of a Mission Impossible every spring.
It's amazing, however, how much gets done without the distractions of TV, computer or even radio around. All I hear are the soft quiet voices – birds chirping; children playing outside; wind rustling through the trees. All my life, I have lived in an apartment building. Most of my life, I have dreamed of living in a little house with a red tiled roof. Now that this dream has come true, I feel so blissfully content (while trying to get over the fact that there are so many more insects in your home when you live closer to earth! I hardly notice an occasional spider anymore).
I have more than enough work, but it doesn't mean I "do" something all day long. There is plenty of time to rest, relax, think and write. In our achievement-driven world, this alone is enough to make a person feel guilty. That is why I rejoiced when my wonderful husband said the following words to me the other day:
"I hope you never, ever have to work outside the home. I love the way you care for our home. I love the way you wait for me with a smile when I come back from work. Sure, you have been doing things all day, but you feel a sense of satisfaction because you do it all for us. You aren't exhausted from running around and trying to have it all together. You aren't a slave to another man's schedule. In the evenings, we have plenty of time to sit together and talk, without arguing about whose day was more difficult. I just love it."
My heart simply surged with pride for my husband, for him seeing the importance of a woman being home. He worded it just perfectly.
By the way, I would like to address a question I received by email. Sheila asks, "I was wondering how you interpret, "She makes linen garments and sells them, And delivers sashes to the merchant." (Proverbs 31:24)
This verse talks about a woman who makes profit of the work of her hands, and there is certainly nothing wrong with a woman making some money. However, I believe it was seriously taken out of context in many cases, when it is literally forgotten that there's a myriad of other things the Proverbs 31 woman does. And it's highly unlikely that she does it all at once! I don't think Proverbs 31 is centered on the wife making money – though if she is in a season of her life when she can spare the time and energy, she can find an activity that is both refreshing and profitable, provided that it doesn't steal too much time away from her family.
With this, I will finish for now – not before I wish a very happy Pesach to my Jewish readers, of course! I hope you stocked up on matzos and did all your cleaning by now. And to all of you, I hope you are enjoying this lovely spring, no matter where you are! I look forward to talking to you soon, and remain your loving friend,