"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

Friday, October 18, 2013

You are JUST a mother!

I stumbled upon this article the other day, and wanted to share it.  It reminds me of G.K. Chesterton's quotes about mothering.

“You’re a stay-at-home mom? What do you DO all day?”

... "Yes, my wife is JUST a mother. JUST. She JUST brings forth life into the universe, and she JUST shapes and molds and raises those lives. She JUST manages, directs and maintains the workings of the household, while caring for children who JUST rely on her for everything. She JUST teaches our twins how to be human beings, and, as they grow, she will JUST train them in all things, from morals, to manners, to the ABC’s, to hygiene, etc. She is JUST my spiritual foundation and the rock on which our family is built. She is JUST everything to everyone. And society would JUST fall apart at the seams if she, and her fellow moms, failed in any of the tasks I outlined.

Yes, she is just a mother. Which is sort of like looking at the sky and saying, “hey, it’s just the sun.”
If you'd like to read the rest, you can find it here:
You're a stay-at-home mom? What do you do all day?  by Matt Walsh


  1. I'm glad you stumbled upon that and shared with us. It is so well said. I think Chesterton would approve--it sure reminded me of his writings about domesticity and home.

  2. I just think of how easy my mom had it, raising 11 children at home so she never had to *work* ;-). Wow!

    1. You are very welcome--it was my pleasure. And still is.