Friday, December 28, 2007

"Comfort and Consolation"

"Because it is true that whoever loves the end also loves the means, all of us who really do enjoy living in a well-kept home can come to enjoy the rituals of its care. The act of taking care of our homes brings comfort and consolation both in the enjoyment of the fruits of our labor and in the increasingly rare freedom to engage in worthwhile, unalienated, honorable work."

--Cheryl Mendelson, Home Comforts


Cherish the Home said...

I received this book for Christmas and I'm looking forward to delving into it.

I've been enjoying the quotes you've shared.


Jen said...

Very Very True.

Melissa said...

I'm "fasting" from purchasing books this upcoming year, so I was surprised and excited to find out that my local library has this one! It's on my reading list.

Thanks for sharing.

Rhoto said...

Oh Anna, I "should" cross-stitch this quote, or something... I'm a very good wife/partner to my Tony but a horrid housekeeper. Neat, neat but dirty... The saying inspires me, rather than condemns me.
Thank you for your sharing!
Soft hug,

Linda said...

Absolutely. I love this book, all the outlook and information it conveys, and the wonderful way reassuring way in which she writes it. Thank you for these posts that remind us.

Davene said...

Thanks for this. I'm especially grateful for the phrase "can come to enjoy" because, to be honest, there are some aspects that I truly enjoy already...and some that I truly do not! However, I'm inspired that even the ones I don't currently care for can become ones I enjoy.

Mrs. Pickles said...

I LOVE Cheryl Mendelson! Finally, someone who makes me feel justified in choosing homemaking as a genuine career.

M said...

I'm certainly not particularly domesticated (ask my mum) however I LOVE this book. It is such a comfortable tome to peek into. In my house the book is simply referred to as "Cheryl".

Anonymous said...

Well, it's beautiful and I am looking forward to the day, but does she say how long it will take to get there?


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