I don’t often make raw meals any more. I did for a while, but my boys didn’t like them that much and they are really quite a lot of work to make. A lot of work, planning and expensive. For all that I am willing to make the effort if it is loved. but if it isn’t then why?
So this morning I found myself making a raw meal for tomorrow night’s dinner. Because that is when you have to get started. I haven’t even started tonight’s dinner, which makes my brain get all twisted, but I still enjoyed it. Occasionally, having different foods is fun!
So I get in my car to go work out and the audiobook I am listening starts up. And what is the author dissecting? The evolution of the processed meal. How women used to have no choice but to be at home and manage the home and the food and with the invention of the processed meal it allowed women to fully express themselves and not have to spend all their time making food for their family.
Hmm. I have struggled with this for a while now. I would rather spend time planning, ordering, purchasing and preparing meals for my family than rushing around and sacrificing good nutrition. But that is MY (or rather OUR) choice. I have felt external as well as internal struggle as to whether this is enough. This time consuming and important job at which I am currently employed.
And that brings me back to this morning. It feels like some sort of defeat of the modern woman that I don’t have paid employment. Since this is such a new option for women. But I have had plenty of jobs. And I pretty much hate them all. So why would I do that? Just to make money?
Is it really such a luxury that I stay home? is it really such a bonbon eating, feet up kind of life? I disagree. But until I get paid for it then I will continue to defend this way of life. And feel good about my role in providing a safe and edible home to my boys.