Jan 7, 2010

The Apron Revolution

There's a wonderful lady named Donna who spent all of 2009 in the year 1955. I stumbled across her blog just as she was starting it up last December (2008) and it has become one of my favorites. Click on the pic below to go to the blog. I recommend starting at the very beginning and reading forward.

Now 50s Gal has expanded and created a website based on what she's learned to provide a "community" for like-minded folks. She says:

"I felt that our community needed to stretch beyond the simple comments of my blog out into a wider realm. I want, as part of this year's project, to allow this site to grow and form, much like a new town. A community of people who wish to do justice to the past by taking those skills and our own history and making a better today..."
Click on the next pic to see what she's up to!


Packrat said...

I'm a sometimes reader. She does have some interesting topics. I admire what she is doing, but since I am a product of the 50's, I'm not all the keen on going back to them. ;)

Roxanne said...

The cool thing about 50s Gal is that she is gleaning the community concepts and the pride in being a homemaker that was more common in the 50s.

That means we can take the best without having to take the rest!

Since you were there, you have that foundation already in place. Those who were born after 1970 didn't have the same benefit of that foundation that we had.

Aren't you glad we did?

Roxanne said...

I include myself in the benefits of the foundation because my parents were "older" and held firmly to the values of the 50s, which was a huge blessing to me and my sisters.

I was perusing a teen magazine the other day and was struck (with horror) about how unprotected their spirits are. At 14 I was still an innocent, unlike the 14-year-olds in the magazine.

Packrat said...

I *am* glad I have that foundation. :) In some ways I feel even older. The grandmother that lived with us and helped raise us was born in 1895. Her parents were born in the 1850's. (Maybe that is why I fought so hard to be a "liberated" woman??? LOL)

What worries me is that some of the comments I've seen make the 1950's life sound perfect. It wasn't - far from it. You and I know that, but do some of the younger people?

Really, though, I am glad to see women (and especially all young people) learn the art of housekeeping and child rearing. As long as women don't become "slaves" or "chattels" again, this can only have a positive effect on society.

Roxanne said...

My dad was born in 1919. My mom was born in 1936. While not the extensive years your family represented, still a chunk of time!

If my dad were still alive, he'd be 90 while my son is 7.

I don't think the young people will be able to get to the point of "slaves" and "chattels" again. That was one extreme. I do think we've swung to the other extreme of the spectrum for many areas (60s - 80s, especially).

Now it's time to balance out and take the freedom we've gained to choose the life we want to live, but also NOT act like choosing to be a homemaker is a bad thing.

It's all about balance and moderation (hmm. Much like dieting!)

We have the unique opportunity to take the good from the 50s (and before) and custom fit it to our freedom to choose to make a life that has all the positive ideals included. People like us who experienced the "before" can sort through it and take the useful and meaningful out because we've seen both sides.

Wisdom and experience are not highly rated in our society, but they are more important than ever!

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