Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Said Patti Smith

"In the period where I had to live the life of a citizen - a life where, like everybody else, I did tons of laundry and cleaned toilet bowls, changed hundreds of diapers and nursed children - I learned a lot."

8 comments:

  1. Amen to that! It's amazing the things we discover about the world and ourselves when raising children. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. :D

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. Sometimes I get a flash of fear that squeezes the breath out of me. What happens if I lose myself in the baby diapers and tiny socks and board books about trucks? How is my life going in an alternative universe, where I have no children. Is it more exciting, more artistic, in some ways (oh, blasphemy) better?

    I pray to the pantheon of women who have done this before, and maintained their artistic fire. It is hard to do, harder than anyone from the outside can ever understand. It is in the frustration and the chafing our souls and our bodies that we come out more human and developed and whole than when we entered the Mama game. Being a mother offers an experience that cannot be replicated or imitated or gone into half way. It is a consuming experience that will only enrich our lives and our art, but we must surrender to it for it to do it's work.

    Take Care,
    Clare

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  3. great quote! when mothering is your vocation, i truly believe it can make you a saint or (if you fight it) be your demise.

    rihgt on clare! surrender is the key word there. i suppose some women don't have to purposely surrender because they just do it naturally, but for those like myself...surrendering on purpose is a necessity.

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  4. This is so inspiring! And the picture of her is amazing! Wise woman :)

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  5. Lovely picture! And yes, I agree with Clare and Anne :D

    There is such a fine balance between maintaining your identity as self, and being the scrubbing toilets maintaining the house and raising babies kind of woman. I struggle between the two and feel bad if either one gets less attention. If I'm being super mom, I'm usually denying my own selfish pleasures, or if I'm taking care of me, the babes are getting less. Oh balance... please stay stable!!!!! Help me stay on that fulcrum of the teeter totter. Miss Smith's got it right...we sure are learning a lot along the way :D
    Happy Wednesday Jess!

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  6. this is sooooo true!...amen to that too!

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  7. She is so dang cool and quite the magical wordsmith. If you haven't read Just Kids, it is a MUST, so so good.

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  8. One of those perfect quotes that reaffirms the importance of parenthood and those simple, repetitive, sometimes mundane tasks that are a part of it.

    xx

    xx

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