"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Life Schedules Us

"After a few batches we embraced it, getting those little things done that never seemed to find their way into our schedule. Books were read, letters written, house tidied. All which felt just as much a part of the recipe as adding water and kneading dough."

My sister-in-law found and sent me a link to this video here (also where I got the quote above).


  1. Yes! I love this. Especially their observations of being centered at home. I hope no one gets defensive about their bread machine though. I love mine. But there was a time when I thought I would never use one. That was when I also thought I didn't want a microwave. Ha ha.

  2. I really like my bread maker too. I can see what they mean about centering the activities around the bread though, because I've made French bread and artisan sourdoughs before that forced me to schedule my day around their risings and settings and it actually did have a calming "centered" effect upon my attitude for the day.

  3. I love this. It's so peaceful, so purposeful. I found myself saying, about a lump of bread dough, "Look how beautiful that is."

    About Leah's comment: I have never done bread the "old-fashioned" way. I've been too worried about having to center my day around it; about forgetting an important step. Now, I think I might just try it. And find it very rewarding.

    Thanks for this post.

    1. "It's so peaceful, so purposeful."
      Exactly what I thought. Thanks Jenny.