Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Homemaker's Club

For as long as there have been homes and families, there have been home makers. In a rural setting it has usually been the woman of the family that took the lead in the house. That, of course, does not mean that she doesn't work outside on the farm. From their first step onto the sod of the plains, women have worked inside and outside every day. It was this dedication that allowed families to thrive. 
 But most women, beginning with their pioneer mothers, were very proud of their homes and families. It was their hope, their future. Along the way, clubs were established to help to educate the farm women. They met, usually monthly and at a member's home. They met to learn, I suppose, but make no mistake about it. These meetings were fun. I know this because I occasionally attended with my mother, or one of my grandmothers. All three of them are on the photo above taken of the Lenora Homemakers Club.  
This framed copy of the Homemakers Creed was displayed on my Grandma's wall. When I read it, it brings tears to my eyes. It is so full of hope and virtue. Life for these women was not lived for today, but with hope for a better future for their families.
I am still a member of the Homemakers Club. No one in the club has children at home anymore, but the meetings are still fun. We learn a little. We laugh a lot and try to do projects that benefit our community. We celebrate at Christmas time with a meal and gifts.  
And we read the Homemakers Creed which brings the generations together every time.
"I believe my home is sacred; aplace where love, faith, hope and devotion have their beginning; where each has his rights respected by other; where joys and blessings, sorrows and disappointments are shared in common; Where God is revered and honored; fellowmen respected ad love is law.
I believe it is my duty to live up to the best that is in me to attain this, to fear things unworthy, to conquer difficulties by daring to attempt them, to be a companion as well as counselor to my family, and to teach and live, love of home, country, fellowmen and God."
And that is the legacy left by our dear Homemakers in GriggsDakota.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful...i can remember my friend and i would go to each other's homes in the 90s and cook meals for three days so our families would eat all month...with our church activities, our children's activities it made our lives so much easier...and then even every week we would meet at one or the other's house, drink sweet tea and chat the day away while folding clothes and washing laundry...
    it's funny, but it did make the mundane fun! We are still friends today even living in different cities...have ranches next to each other in the Hill Country and hope to retire there together with our men...just so we can do it all over again...