the view from the circulation office
[things i like about this picture: the drawing from little c. on my computer, the reflection of the sunset in the window]
the view out of the other window of the circulation office. i see glorious sunsets daily.
i love the way the dewy decimal system groups things that seem so incongruous.
a shelf of staff-recommended books
Word is starting to get out around town that I am leaving the library, which means lots of questions about why. It's a perfectly logical question, and I am by and large happy to talk to people about it, but it can be unsettling as it works its way into my psyche. Why would I leave a good job doing what I love to... go home? Isn't that somehow irresponsible? Shouldn't I be contributing to my family through generating income, and to my community by being a good little worker bee? I've never been a very self-motivated worker, and having a job where I know what's expected of me and how to do it has been a great balance to the completely nebulous and zero-short-term-feedback that is parenting. What am I doing? is the question that has been ticking in the back of my mind as I weave up and down the stacks shelving books, or check someone out, or help someone get on the computer. Who do I think I am, leaving a paying job that I love to pursue a creative career without guaranteed income and to be more present to my family?
And then I bring myself back from all this insecurity, and remember this: what's crazy is staying in a situation, no matter how much I love my work and my coworkers, that leaves us all scattered and pulled in too many directions! I'm finding inspiration in the hope that I might pursue friendships that have long been neglected, have time to work in my garden and grow some good food, take care of my house and enjoy cooking meals for my family. And I'm excited to find new ways of bringing in income for my family through creative pursuits. Oh yes, I'm excited! Though I haven't read the following book, the lofty sentiments below (lifted from the radical homemakers website) really gets my juices going and reminds me that YES, I can do this!
Radical Homemakers uncovers a hidden revolution quietly taking hold across the United States. It is the story of pioneering men and women who are redefining feminism and the good life by adhering to simple principles of ecological sustainability, social justice, community engagement and family well-being. It explores the values, skills, motivations, accomplishments, power, challenges, joy and creative fulfillment of Americans who are endeavoring to change the world by first reclaiming control of home and hearth.
Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises-drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities.
In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires.
Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity, or relentless servitude.
Radical Homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.