WARNING! Small bitterness rant ahead I know some of you out there are very skilled in the home-arts, and this will mean nothing to you!
My neighbor across the street moved, so the other day I drove to her new city to see the new home and visit. While there, she showed me how her friend taught her to make feta cheese. “It’s really easy!” she says. “You just boil milk and…” blah blah I can’t remember the specifics but I do remember that it was like three super easy steps. Of course I’m all surprised and sitting there dumbfounded, “Cheese? You MADE your own cheese!?”
Feta cheese. Put that into the growing list of Things I Thought were Completely Impossible to Make Unless You Had Like Tons of Uninterrupted Time, Massive Arm Strength, and Vast Skill.
Over the years I have been completely shocked at how easy it is to make things that I swore were Homemaking Rocket Science.
Strawberry Jam- Is not hard
Bread- Is not hard
Sourdough Bread- Is not hard
Roasting a Chicken- Is not hard
Pie crust- Is not hard
Crocheting- Is not hard
Apparently, Yogurt (though I haven’t tried yet)- Is not hard
Popcorn- Is not hard
What the heck else do I believe in my head is so impossibly hard, that turns out is pretty basic if you’re just shown a few steps?
“Girls of the world, You can do ANYTHING a man can do!!! You can be a doctor or engineer or firefighter or combat warrior! But don’t even think of doing the things that women can do, because those things have become TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE! No! no! Too hard! You can’t possibly make your own bread, or cheese, or yogurt, or can vegetables, or sew, or knit, or make a PIE with homemade crust! What are you like Martha Stewart or something? Some sort of homemaking fanatical wizard!?”
A woman can get a bachelor’s degree and that’s hard, but it’s “do-able” hard. Making bread? No! Toooo hard! Knit a sweater? NO WAY! (I’m totally the kind of person who falls all over herself when I see my friends’ knitting projects.)
Girls, we really can do Anything!
Including…the things that women have always done.
Have a wonderful day!