"The disappearance of homemakers means the disappearance of homes."
Today I read a thought-provoking article in The Family in America by Bryce Christensen. He writes that the number of homeless people on our streets "does not begin to reveal the scope of homelessness in America.
"For since when did the word home signify merely physical shelter, or homelessness merely the lack of such shelter? The desperate people sleeping beneath sheets of cardboard above heating grates, and probing for food in dumpsters deserve sympathetic attention. But those who lack housing are not the only people who lack homes.
"For as long as people have used the word, home has signified not only shelter, but also emotional commitment, security, and belonging. Home has connoted not just a necessary roof and warm radiator, but a place sanctified by the abiding ties of wedlock, parenthood, and family obligation; a place demanding sacrifice and devotion, but promising loving care and warm acceptance.
"Their lives anchored in some place fortified by the ties of marriage and family, the great majority of Americans have—until fairly recently—been able to refer to some special place as home, and to do so with the full and rich meaning of that word. In recent decades a devastating number of Americans cannot claim that secure base of family ties that previous generations recognized as the essence of a home."
"Once highly honored, the social title of "homemaker" now carries deeply unfortunate connotations of incompetence and backwardness. The truth is that America desperately needs homemakers."
This is a fascinating, but lengthy article. I'm going to quote from it in future posts, but if you're interested in how homemaking makes a difference in society, I encourage you to read the whole thing. HomeLess America: What the Disappearance of the American Homemaker Really Means.