Wednesday, January 12, 2011
New Life for an Old Singer
After writing about the state of the union's grievous generation-skipping home ec skills, I have tuned in to recent news this week of twenty-somethings who are already well underway in various life pursuits which address the generational domestic deficit. Case in point:
Anyone who has used the old enamel black Singer sewing machine with its fancy gold scroll work will appreciate the joy of recycling that mainstay of American domestication for use in a new decade. A talented woman with an artful touch, Sallie Kate Dean, posted some classic Singer shots with her new projects that will bring back memories.
2. Fitness, Food and Faith was the public blog by one who inspires me daily as the writer shared her zest for life and her domestic prowess, putting me to shame. She is an original Pioneer Woman without the prairie. Her blog referenced here has been privately shelved awaiting another life stage at which I suspect it will emerge in full glory. The link was originally published in this post, but is not edited. We miss it, Sam!
3. Olivia, a young Northwestern University journalism grad with a good job (no small feat in itself in 2011), also attends culinary school in San Francisco to deepen her experience and knowledge base because she wants to be a food writer. Food critics and blogs are abounding in this decade for men and women as the industries supporting them are not gender specific.
I celebrate that these and scores of other young women in 2011 are free to choose to develop that creative part of themselves and share it with others. They are as confident in the kitchen as they are in the courtroom or boardroom or hospital ER or classroom. They are not only moving with assurance to accomplish what used to be called domestic tasks, they are doing it with style and wondering what the fuss is all about. It's just life, they might say.