Saturday, March 10, 2007

Baking, not blogging

Back in 1992 Hillary Clinton said, “ I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”

Oh, that got her into a heap of hot political water.

She seemed to be elitist, feminist, and condescending.

Or not.

Hilllary may have been pleading for understanding.

Maybe Hillary lacked role-models

Martha Stewart, the stock-broker who traded securities all day, scooped up fresh fish, veggies, and flowers at the market on the way home, arranged the flowers, cooked a meal, and stitched hems on the cloth napkins while the paint dried on the dining room wall, was still emerging as an icon.

Martha must not have hit Hillary's radar.

Hillary may have been so busy in law school that she missed the W-O-M-A-N belted out in the 70s by the great female vocalist. Maria Muldaur,

“Before you can count from one to nine
I can scoop up a great big dipper
Full of lard from the drippin's can
Throw it in the skillet, go out and do my
Shopping and be back before it melts in the pan.”

Hillary did not have as models today's mavens of multi-tasking, those who work, cook, garden, volunteer, take graduate classes, and post on their blogs daily.

Neither did the public she ticked off so much by her remark.

I, however, am blessed by the vision of the slightly besmirched Stewart, Muldaur, and millenial mavens.

Yet, sadly, I learned, since Thanksgiving, of my inability to teach AP US history and government, volunteer, clean house-even a little, bake layer cakes, fix company dinners, and blog.

I suppose since 2004 I could have stayed home baked and had company for dinner, but I chose to follow my inclination to blog.

That statement is not elitist, feminist, or condescending. It’s the truth.

I am NOT a W-O-M-A-N. I cannot bake and blog.

I think I may keep up the company dinners, but if I am going to blog, I don’t think I can bake. Can you?