| September/October 1977

R. R. 2, Brandon, Wisconsin 53919

One thing at a time! One day at a time! How else can a mother or a grandmother live? In fact, I think it holds true for most of us. And isn't it good to know that God will provide the strength we need just when we need it? A while ago I wrote some words which I would like to use here.

Whatever in the world, which I, as a wife and mother have experienced, would I ask to be liberated from? The mystery and ecstasy of love? The feeling of security in being provided for? The sweet, sharp pain of birth, and thus uniting with creation? God forbid! A love child, fresh and perfect in my arms, and then release from pain to savour accomplishment? These are the supreme rewards of womanhood. What other possibilities, taken in their farthest scope, can, eventually fulfill a true woman?

Women's Lib, with all its dramatic fanfare, has failed to take into account the fact that most of us are mothers at heart. Ours should be the tender conscience that maintains the moral structure of any society. We are the home builders, the family glue that holds the home together. Lots of soapsuds (and dishpan hands) go into the cleansing of the houses which encompass our small units. Even so it is with the birds.

As I am snugly lying here in bed beginning this column, I have had two visitors who seem most interested in the upper edge of my open window. First came a sparrow who promptly ate a dead fly I had squashed as I closed the window one day, and secondly a barn swallow, who, I assume, has house building on her twittering mind. They are busy this time of year, (early May) building nests and rearing their young.

And you may wonder why I am so far ahead of schedule in writing. It is really very simple. The family plans to come home in early July and July 1st, is the column deadline. Oh my: My barn swallow is back! I had better close my window or he will start building between the window and screen. We have a good house for the martins but he had better hunt a different eave.


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