I had the most fascinating conversation with my friend, Cheryl, a few months ago. It was about canning. What? That doesn’t sound fascinating to you? Bear with me here!
We were talking about expectations on moms/women and how, at one point in her life, it seemed like everyone around her was into canning. She convinced herself that it was something that she should be doing.
She brought it up because I had just mused that perhaps I should get a garden going and start canning.
So, she told me her story. I don’t remember the specifics, but I do remember the final outcome of her canning adventure. It didn’t work well. She no longer does canning. And, she’s fine with that. She’s confident in her non-canning self.
Do you know how freeing that was to me? I want to pass that freedom along to the rest of my friends. This is me standing on the mountain top exclaiming, “Put down your canning supplies*” It is possible to be a really cool (even frugal) woman without canning.
I’m going to step out on a limb and take this even farther. This might sound like blasphemy to some of you, but to others it will warm your soul. Here it is:
You can be a good mother even if you don’t scrapbook. Or crochet. Or blog. Or [fill in the blank].
What do you think? Have there been activities that felt you should be doing because of a role you play?
*If you happen to enjoy canning and find it helpful for your family, yeah for you! I’m happy for you and hope you have many years of canning enjoyment!