The Lost Art of Homemaking
For thousands of years women made the home their work. They took great pride in cooking good food, keeping the house and clothing clean, growing their own vegetables and fruits, sewing clothing and essentially producing the things their families needed themselves. Yet in the 21st century this is not the case in most parts of the world. In just the past hundred years or so many areas have forgotten the art of homemaking.
So what happened? To sum it up in one word - technology. Don't get me wrong though, technology is wonderful - most of the time. Technology allowed farmers to have a machine thresh their wheat which saved them weeks of work. Technology produced the sewing machine which allowed women to make the clothing for their families in record time. Entire companies were invented to process foods that would be more convenient for women to cook.
All of these things that made life so much easier started the downfall of making things from scratch. Suddenly it was easier to make a cake from a mix, rather than by hand. It was easier to buy green beans from the store than grow them in the backyard. It became easier to buy sweaters rather than knit your own.
As things became easier on women at home, there was more time to do other things. When World Wars 1 and 2 came and the men were sent overseas the women were needed outside the home in the factories and stores. Now they were getting paid to work, something that never happened when they were working at homemaking. When the men came back women didn't want to give up their salaries and go back to staying at home. They wanted to go to college and maintain jobs along with their homes and families. Technology made this possible.
Keeping your home clean was so much easier in the 1970's than it was in all the centuries before it. You could plug a vacuum into the wall and get rid of dirt instead of ripping the carpets up, carrying them outside and beating the dirt out. Laundry was done by a machine and required very little hands on time. You could buy your clothing and groceries at the store. There didn't seem to be a need to make things by hand and cook from scratch.
As time went on and older generations died the knowledge of how to make things yourself at home died too. The need for knitting, sewing, crocheting, growing vegetables and even cooking was diminished to nothing. In just a few decades we have lost centuries worth of knowledge about homemaking. Yet people don't care so much. They see no need for any of those old ways.
I do though. As a stay at home wife and mother I have the opportunity to take care of my home and family the way women did for thousands of years. I take pride in what I provide for my family here at home. I hope they see the love poured out for them every day as I work at home to make our lives what they are. In my own way I am keeping the art of homemaking alive for at least one more generation (with modern conveniences of course). How about you?