that gigantic task

To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors, and holidays; to be Whitely within a certain area, providing toys, boots, cakes, and books; to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.

G.K. Chesterton

All my love to my mom, who always made a point of showing us the universe and never made us feel like she’d rather be doing anything else but loving and teaching us.



1 Comment

  1. Mom

    I didn’t know until this week that you had a blog (other than your defunct wedding blog, which I loved by the way). This is beautiful and melts me. Thank you so much.You kids have always made life fun and meaningful.

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