Mayberry...you know, the town from The Andy Griffith Show (and according to Wikipedia also the home of Mayberry R.F.D and Return to Mayberry). Mom...well, Aunt Bea...cooking, Dad going off to work, kids running around, no one worrying about someone taking their kids. *sigh*
I'm begining to think I was born in the wrong era. I'm a stay at home mom (ok, well, kinda. I'm trying to get my sewing business off the ground...but I'm still home with my 4 year old and 2 year old all day since they don't start pre-school till the fall), I bake, I cook, I sew...heck I'm even starting a garden and learning how to can jelly/jam/veggies/fruit!
I mentioned to my husband that I now have 3 people following my sewing blog. I said, "there are three people out there, who I don't know!, who actually want to read what I have to say!!" His response is what got me thingking about Mayberry. He said, "You are an oddity. You are a 21st century mom who stays home with her kids, who bakes...you make your own bread for heavens sake!...you sew. There are so many people out there who don't know the stuff you do."
I've been thinking about it all day...and he's right, but I never really though of it that way.
I was a working mom and I planned on being a working mom. I worked as a paralegal before I got pregnant with my son...and I went back to work after he was born. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had planned on going back to work after her birth. I had to quit my job because she got RSV at 4 weeks old and the doctors strongly suggested that we keep her out of day car for the first year of her life. When she was 10 months old, I started looking for another job. The economy is the reason I am a stay at home mom again...I went back to work for 6 months before being laid off.
I'm rambleing, but that's how my thoughts are now :0)
I enjoy getting up in the morning to my happy kids. I enjoy planning dinner, cooking my kids their breakfast and lunch, making treats for my family (there were 2 pans of brownies and a double batch of banana cake Saturday), I even like baking bread (I also made oatmeal loaf on Saturday).
I enjoy mending my husbands pants. I like making my house a home. I like making my kids clothing.
I have never experienced the "simpler time" people talk about when they speak of that "Mayberry" time, so I can't say that I miss the simpler time...but I really think I would have fit in :0)
I don't know my neighbors. Really, I have never met them, and we have lived here for 2 years. Any my mother-in-law lived here before us for over 5 years...and she doesn't know them!!! I know most of the people who live on the road my grandmother lives on for heavens sake!
Why have I never met them? I never see them outside, really. I know my nextdoor neighbors have kids because I see the toys outside, but I never see people.
I want to know my neighbors...I want to offer them cookies when I bake too many. I want them to come over and ask if I can sew a button back on their pants.
I'm rambeling again, I'm sorry. Yeah, this isn't much of a sewing post, but it was you, my followers, who inspired my thoughts today.