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i am not the perfect mother

  • March 28, 2007
  • By Happy
i am not the perfect mother

(in memory of Susannah Wesley)

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I am sticky, with peanut butter artwork

all over my chair; the table is

covered with crumbs and he grins,

with his brown milk mustache.


Susannah had more children than I

have imagined, yet she lived. I do not

understand. She married a preacher; he

was rarely home. Her children were

rowdy, and she had to cook

on a fire, had to churn

her own butter, had to wash

her own clothes – in a kettle. And

be nice. It is said when she most

needed God, she would throw up her

apron over her head (she had sewn it

herself) and her children were instantly good.


Mine are not. I wash my clothes in a

washing machine, my butter is quite

manufactured, my diet is birthed

in a microwave oven, and my children are

somebody else’s. When I most need God –

well, I scream. But then, I have no apron.


cross-posted on Faith In A Dress

By Happy, March 28, 2007
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Simple Felicity is, at its heart, a blog based on the unshakeable belief that happiness really isn't all that complicated. Sometimes finding it can be - but happiness itself is pretty simple, and it's often found in the simplest of things: good food, good books, and good company. So those are the things I write about, along with a few other things that really matter to me, including faith and feminism.

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