Monday, April 19, 2010

Why I'm doing this

People have been asking me why I am doing this year long project to finding my inner housewife (and my living room floor). One person even asked if it was a joke, lol.

I've had many emails and Facebook messages from people wishing me luck, but not the nice good luck.

The sarcastic kind.

The kind you get when you tell someone that you are going to train your cat to fetch your slippers and pee in the toilet.

The kind you get when you say that today is the day you are going to win a zillion dollars in the lottery.

Yes, the kind that essentially means that you are crazy.

One person that I don't even know but through passing told me I was setting feminism back 80 years. I wasn't aware that I had that much of an influence on society, you know, with only six followers...

So I stopped to seriously think about the real answer to why I am doing this. Why do I feel this crazy need to learn how to organize and cook better, keep to a schedule and fold a fitted sheet? What is the driving force behind all of those new skills?

And after a long time contemplating, I came across the answer just as I was drifting off to sleep.

I want to make a home. In its simplest form, that is what I am doing.

And I know, home is where the family is and it doesn't matter what it looks like as long as you are all together. But what it looks like and how it functions does impact the enjoyment we get out of being at home and it impacts how my children will create their homes and to a certain extent, how they live their lives.

I want to set a good example and give them the opportunity to learn the same skills. Whether they use them or not will be up to them.

On a side note, I have really enjoyed reading books on housekeeping. I enjoy learning new things, and with a preschooler and infant in the house, my ability to learn new things is greatly diminished by the "Mommy mush brain" that can happen after a while. These books totally feed my need for organization and structure, and while they are teaching me those same skills, each book is also very organized, structured and easy to read, which helps me stay focused. I'm finding they are becoming books I pick up to just pass some time. Yesterday I was actually curled up on the couch reading Martha Stewart as if it were a classic piece of literature, lol.

So there you have it. The reason behind what some people call insanity (just not to my face). My children.

By the by, I love all the questions I'm getting through email and facebook but please feel free to post to my blog as well. I get all giddy when I see a comment on here, lol.


1 comment:

  1. I will be the first to call you crazy...yes I did in the beginning. But after reading some of the posts here, I am really starting to enjoy your little adventure. I find myself getting off my behind and actually doing what I set out to do in a day. I have finished all my spring cleaning and my house has been tidier because I thought to myself....hey if she can do can I. I am really proud of you Marina, and I definitely agree that your environment does impact your family interaction! Keep it up as I patiently wait for another post =)