Do you remember Good Housekeeping magazine from when you were a kid?
We moved around a lot and my mom, who clearly missed her family and friends, was always delighted when it appeared in the mail.
My sister and I preferred McCall’s with its paper doll named Betsy, whom we added, on alternate months, to our collections.
It definitely hasn’t been a shiny magazine kind of year in my world!
“Housekeeping” consists of kitchens, bathrooms, and enough floor sweeping to minimize what you probably think of as dog hair but we fondly refer to as “texture” in the paintings.
Recipes are mainly variations on the bone broth theme with trips for sushi and chicken wings on rough days.
Though my 8-year-old granddaughter is apparently longing for gluten-free pecan pie for Thanksgiving!
Research was involved and the chosen solution is already winging its way, courtesy of Amazon. I figure baking with the girls counts even if my mom and granny are having apoplexy somewhere in the great beyond.
Kind of ironically, though, I got an email with my new Good Housekeeping-esque seal of approval today and, I have to admit, I’m thrilled!
Not as a sign of comparison. Of better or worse. Or right or wrong.
In my opinion, our world is way too full of labels like that.
Rather, I’m thrilled in the sense of being part of a group of gifted, dedicated women out to make the world a better place for us all.
Yesterday, in response to the tragic, deadly fires in California, the Intentional Creativity Guild re-posted a process for helping people process natural disasters. I shared it on my Facebook pages. (Respond to this post, below, if you’d like a PDF.)
Then, because I deeply believe in the power of the process, I messaged it to a small group of friends, all of whom happen to be Presbyterian pastors in varying stages of retirement or planning.
I got a message back today from one of those friends who said they’d had three teen suicides in their community this year, one of them in the youth group, and he was wondering about adapting the process a bit for helping some of the kids and their families.
Assuring him that I would be honored to help, if needed, I gave thanks, again, for all the things I’ve learned and the ways we can shift the world for good even when it doesn’t look like there’s a whole lot of good in the news.
All of which is to say that this symbol, the one above, is one I will feel blessed and proud to wear, as the old joke goes, on my forehead.
Tomorrow, housekeeping of the literal persuasion, laundry, dog food, and bowls of stardust soup for lunch.
(Well, technically brodo misto with rice and local sausage, but you get the drift.)
And, Friday, more paint! (Probably more laundry, too!)
Let’s all pick the labels we want!