Friday, May 9, 2014

Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

" My subject is "What piece of advice do you think your great, great, great Grandmother would give you today?" It was submitted by Here goes:

My Dearest Anna,

I hope this letter finds you well. When I were alive, it would have been all-go at the farm. We would have been in high-season, which means we were picking cotton from sun-up to sun-down. How are the children? I was very glad to see little Henry recovered from the Scarlet Fever. Back in my day he most likely wouldn't have survived, so be sure to count your blessings. I know a family and home to tend to can be tiring. I write to you today to share with you an important conversation I had with your great-grandmother one summer when she visited the farm as a little girl.

As you may or may not know, I birthed 8 children, 5 of whom survived to have families of their own. It is a challenge to keep the household running smoothly with constant pregnancies, births, illnesses etc. I have found the following schedule very useful in keeping on top of all my chores and duties.

Monday - laundry
Tuesday -  ironing and mending
Wednesday and Saturday - baking
Thursday and Saturday - thorough cleaning
Daily tidying of kitchen and parlor

Remember, as a stay-at-home mother, your responsibilities are to your husband and children. Be sure you are preparing three meals a day. Your husband needs his strength while out in the workforce providing for the family. You shouldn't be wasting your days on these social-things; Facebook, Twitter? What are those, anyway? You have enough to fill your days with other than looking at pictures of other people's children and reading articles on things like "women's rights" and "equality in the workplace". Your workplace is your home and that is where your attention should be focused.

If you are constantly shifting your attention to other things, how will you have time to make the family garments and seasonally preserve fruits, vegetables and meat? I know you say you go to the "grocery store" to get your essentials, but why waste money on that when you can do it all from home? There is no need for you to leave the house unless you are going to church. As the woman of the home, you have the responsibility of the garden, livestock and poultry. I can't believe your "city ordinance" doesn't allow you to keep chickens or cattle. How do they expect a family to survive? You can't be expected to eat "take out" or make a trip into town each day for dinner supplies!

You just remember where your loyalties lie. Going out with the "girls", shopping, sunbathing at the beach and other such frivolities are not in the best interest of your family. Keep your house clean, the laundry washed and ironed and the meals prepared for your husband. Those are the most important things you should be filling your days with.

I must sign off now. I love you, my dear, and watch over you ever day.
With Love,
Great, great, great Grandmother Elizabeth

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado                          
The Momisodes                                  
Someone Else’s Genius                       
FBX Adventures (In Parenting)           
Spatulas on Parade                             
Stacy Sews and Schools                     
Confessions of a part time working mom
Evil Joy Speaks                                  
Impoverished Vegan                           
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles           
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                       
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy              
Silence of the Mom                             


  1. I love the way you put yourself right back into that era in this piece. Although much of what they believed so passionately about a "woman's place" isn't relevant now, so much of it really still is. Values are values.

    1. Thanks! Yes, values are values but I'm glad things have changed a little. ;-)

  2. did such a great job...that as I read I started to get upset then had to remind myself that it was written by you for a living like that and truly believe those words.

    1. Thank you!! Crazy, right? I couldn't imagine living like that, though I suppose we wouldn't know any different. Wonder if our great, great, great grandkids will think the same way looking back at how we live now!

  3. Aaawww, I loved reading this! She's not totally wrong, right? I like Wednesday! But frankly, who can afford to do laundry on Mondays only? Not me. And because I am so lucky as to have a washer and dryer I save time that I enjoy spending on those social-things. how else would I meet people like you?
    Happy Mother's Day, Anna!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I couldn't get away with laundry once a week either, though I suppose they had a lot less clothes than we do now! Yes, thank goodness for the social-things!! Have a great Mother's Day weekend!

  4. Ha ha ha. This is awesome. I think your great grandmother would probably like me. I haven't been out past dark in ages :-P I do hate folding laundry though and I definitely do NOT iron. Oh well.

  5. This was awesome. Loved how you embraced the era and the advice someone from that time would have to us!

    Just going to put this out there....I'm glad I was born when I was born. I enjoy my my frivolities ;-)

  6. You did such a great job with this prompt!! Thank you for doing it justice.