This may be the shortest Susan’s Musings I have yet written. I love writing and I love the links that my writing forge between us. I feel like I know those of you who frequently comment even though we have never met in person, and I am thrilled when some of you come up to me at events where my husband or I are speaking—or even at the airport.
I have often written about homemaking and building a family being a full-time-job. This week has served as a confirmation. On Sunday, I pulled out my recipe files and planned dinners for the week. Tonight will be the first one we are actually eating.
Our children are grown, and we are blessed to live near many of those adults and their own little ones. This week, while I did what I could, I also turned down a few requests for help and, after offering rushed good wishes, I wasn’t able to stay and celebrate with our nine-year-old birthday girl.
I won’t even mention laundry and tidying, but I have also not had the chance to join my husband for a quick chat or drive. I haven’t caught up with all our further-away children by phone or paid attention to my friends.
What have I been doing? Working, of course. Now, my work is in our ministry and done largely from home which means that I am feeling only a tiny percent of the tug-of-war that many women feel when they head out to their jobs in the morning. I also believe that my work is important and consequential. Even so, while I am incredibly excited about two projects on which I am working, I’m not happy that pretty much everything else has gone by the wayside—including having time to think about and compose a Musing.
(In just a few days we will be telling you about how you can participate in our online Master Class, based on updating our 1999 book, America’s Real War: An Orthodox Rabbi Insists that Judeo-Christian Values Are Vital for Our Nation’s Survival. I hope to share the 2nd project shortly thereafter.)
Thank you for your patience.