Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Who Does She Think She Is?

4 comments:

Harper said...

Wow. Is that going to be a movie ?

Jared and Delia said...

That is pretty cool. I think that is an issue in a lot of professions. Here are these amazingly talented women who don't play the most appreciated roles in professions...in life really, but they make the most important sacrifice in pouring their talents, time, and love into the next generation so that they may flourish and or nurture the next generation after them. I think it is a beautiful thing. I don't think they need to suppress their other interests and talents but simply let it strengthen them and rejuvenate them so that they can pour more back into their children and truly make a difference in the world. Ultimately isn't that the purpose of sharing our talents? To beautify the world and better it? It is for me. Practicing my talents is simply strengthening my know-how, my ability and my resolve to better my children and therefore the world. I know that the film seemed to be saying that we take these women for granted and that we need to change how we treat them and value them. But how about looking at it a different way? I want to praise them for making the decision to sacrifice for their families. Being a mom is often a thankless, dirty, soul racking job...but it pays the greatest eternal dividends. I think if we had more moms like that sacrificing for their children in our country, we would see a lot less emotional illnesses and possibly other physical diseases like obesity.

I am interested to see what message this film is trying to portray.

Jared and Delia said...

On another note...I know you asked if I would help design your blog. I didn't mean for it to seem like a brush off when I said you could do it yourself and here are the links...yada yada. I would be happy to help. I am just such a control freak about things like this that I don't like to step in and "design" for other people. If you still want me to do some basic stuff I would be happy to. just let me know.

Ashley said...

Hey Delia, I think that you are right about the most important role being that of motherhood. But I also think that it's a truth that many women have to put their talents on the back-burner while their children are young, and that has emotional ramifications for women who are not able to fulfill their callings as talented artists. Mothers who are gifted as teachers, can have their cake and eat it too: mother by morning and afternoon, teacher by day. But if you are an artist, or a scientist, or an actress or a musician, or a writer..then it can be more difficult to have both roles at the same time. As fulfilling as motherhood can be, I think most mothers agree that being fulfilled in other areas makes you an even better mother. I think that our society does value the talents of men more, and does not create an atmosphere that allows women to excel outside the home while they are actively mothering. Yes, you can teach your children your craft, but would Mozart have settled for simply passing his gifts on to his son? Would DaVinci been ok to do finger painting at home all day, rather than create the Mona Lisa? Of course not. But as women, it's what's expected of us. I think that Laura Thatcher Ulrich is a good example of a woman who has had both roles and has balanced them well. It's hard to do! Maybe it's that I am knee deep in diapers over here and can't see the forest for the trees, but I can see where some of these artists are coming from. It will be interesting to see what solution, if any, the film has.