In the 90's there was tremendous backlash against Martha. Many women thought she put too much pressure on them to be everything- bread winner and bread maker. I loved her magazine personally and still use her recipes. I never thought her message was "do it all" but just to do something to make life prettier, more organized, or tastier. But I am afraid, as many people do-we overreacted. Many people have abandoned cooking and entertaining. Some basic housekeeping! But when we fail to include these simple pleasures in our life, we are also failing to pass them to the next generation. We get many young women in the shop who yearn for a sense of traditionalism. They are tired of throw-away consumerism and wish they had their grandmother's things to use and preserve. Furniture that comes with it's own little screw driver and wrench has it place-but usually not for long!
So pull your treasures out from under the china cabinet and share not only their loveliness but their stories with your young people. MEN AND WOMEN! Teach them an appreciation for fine furniture that will last them a lifetime. Show them how to set a table and make a bed, so they can take these skills to their own homes. That old Junior League cook book, languishing with it's chocolate smears-use it-maybe with your kids!
Martha is having a renaissance these days. ( no-not the Match.com story!) The New York Times recently ran an
article about young people returning to craft. This is the link.
I love sociology. Why is it the person so many in my generation reviled has become a role model for our children? My assumption is that in this data driven world, we have little that we actually produce. We look at Pinterest and repost the pics, but how many of us are sewing, crafting, or cooking? It's nice at the end of the day to hold something up and say "look what I made or accomplished".
So be resolved-find one thing a day to make your life a bit sweeter. It could be as simple as a vase of flowers or go all out and make your own limoncello. Find one of your grandmother's plates and let you daughter use it for jewelry. Let your son have free reign in the kitchen to create his own barbeque sauce just in time for father's day. When your head hits that perfectly made bed at the end of the day you can know you have an answer to "what did you do today?"