So, today I was feeding my sourdough starter, and I made a seriously Charlotte Mason quality connection.
Mother Culture; you have to feed it, or you run out.
If you’re not a hardcore CMer you’re probably wondering what on earth I’m talking about and how it applies to you.
What the heck is “Mother Culture”?
First let’s talk about what it is NOT. It is not a formula to be the perfect mom. It’s not even a clear path, or a collection of tips to being a good mom. The “perfect mom” doesn’t exist, and there are many, many excellent moms who never gave Mother Culture a second thought.
Here’s one of the many things Charlotte Mason had to say about Mother Culture:
“There is no sadder sight in life than a mother, who has so used herself up in her children’s childhood, that she has nothing to give them in their youth. When babyhood is over and school begins, how often children take to proving that their mother is wrong. Do you as often see a child proving to its father that he is wrong? I think not. For the father is growing far more often than the mother. He is gaining experience year by year, but she is standing still. Then, when her children come to that most difficult time between childhood and full development she is nonplussed; and, though she may do much for her children, she cannot do all she might, if she, as they, were growing”.
Essentially it’s caring for ourselves as well as we care for our families, intellectually, spiritually and physically, so that we have something left at the end of the day, to come back on tomorrow. (Just like we feed our sourdough starter–which is literally a mother culture–MIND BLOWN–so that we always have some for the next baking.)
Uh…hello? Still with me?
Look, I’m not even sure what I’m talking about here. I have a LOT to learn, and I’m sooooo tired!
I suspect that’s the whole point!
So I’m inviting you to join me as I study up on what this whole “Mother Culture” thing means for our lives, our families and our communities.
For the next few Mondays I’ll share something CM said, or a link, and chat about how it shakes out in my life.