Children are madly attached to their mothers. Families, including men--the louts!--thrive when home life is orderly, comfortable, and good-humored. For Flanagan, women can find no easy escape from "the tensions of our times." "What few will admit--because it is painful, because it reveals the unpleasant truth that life presents a series of choices, each of which precludes a host of other attractive possibilities--is that whatever decision a woman makes she will have lost something of incalculable value." These days, when every seventh-grade girl knows about the joys of the office, Flanagan has set herself the thankless task of reminding us of the deeper, though more encumbered, satisfactions of life at home. The housewife, she writes, can be "harassed into the end of time yet capable of moments of transcendence, when she [is] struck by the power of her love for her children and by the importance of her sacrifice on their behalf.Motherhood is God's plan for universal preschool, anything else is just a cheap imitation.
(HT: Al Mohler)
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