“If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play! If she would only have courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense, and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book, or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures, or in bed, without the children, life would go on far more happily for both children and parents.” – Charlotte Mason, Vol. 3, pg. 34
Camille wrote on this quote in her post on Mother Culture and Creativity. If you missed it, go back and read it now!
Play is so important in all of our lives that I thought it was worth posting this quote again for our “Spaces to Think” series.
Here are some things to ponder:
What is the difference between real play and escapism?
Have you been seeking to escape your work and life or finding life-giving ways to enrich it through play and leisure?
Why is play not self-indulgent?
What do you do if you have a few extra minutes in your schedule? Is this life-giving to you?
How can you have more courage to set aside time for your “Mother-Culture”? It is often heroic, isn’t it– The lining up of babysitters or planning quiet activities for your children, so you can have the chance to “play”?
What activities does Mason mention for the mother to do when things have become too tense? How are they different from the normal recommendations for women to go shopping or to the spa? Or might even these be a good option?
Look back at your past week. Did you get enough rest? Enough Mother-Culture? Then, look ahead, and plan a pocket or two of time! We can’t hop on plane to Rome, but what can we do?
We’d love to hear your thoughts or questions about the quote below!