Sunday, April 01, 2012
Mother Culture. A beautiful phrase coined by Charlotte Mason referring to the idea that a mother has the duty to form her own culture that meets her specific needs; a culture that feeds her own mind whilst educating, caring for and nurturing her own family. It is not only a beautiful phrase and a noble idea, but it is also a blog authored by the beloved author Karen Andreola.
A few years ago, I wrote about the ways in which I had created my own Mother Culture. It certainly changes with each season and phase of my life- depending on the time of year, my energy level, the amount of free time I have on hand and the specific interests and goals that I have on my mind.
Karen's book A Charlotte Mason Companion was instrumental in inspiring me and informing me to choose to give my children a CM education. This book was written from the point of view of a mother with a heart turned towards giving her children the very best in life. These ideas are beautiful and are not limited by finances or where a family is living geographically. So very inspiring.
As I stumbled across Moments with Mother Culture tonight I felt a swell in my throat and a tear in my eye as I read about this family's journey and how the 'children' are no longer children any longer. When Karen wrote her book, her children were small and at home and living peacefully and safely under their mother's wing. Now it seems they are grown and have families of their own... what a legacy!