May 14th, 2011



Man, so exhausted today. We think we've been pushing ourselves too much, which is kind of weird, because it doesn't really feel like we've been pushing ourselves at all, except for the fact that even when we took days off, we didn't really spend much time with recreation or relaxation. So it seems like a logical conclusion that we've been pushing ourselves too hard. The various stressful elements, like sick kitties, writing talks, etc. probably hasn't been helping. So when we got home from temple baptisms today, we practically collapsed.

Okay, we didn't really collapse. We drugged the cat, then decided to do some reading (because it can be done while lying down), and when we were done reading, neither of us had any energy to move for a while. We'd both probably still be lying in bed if we didn't have to do laundry today. Sigh. But at least having to get up and do laundry gave us the motivation to catch up on Fairy Tail.

Anyway, Brother and Sister H drove us to and from the temple today, and that always makes for interesting conversations. This time, Brother H mentioned a class he took in college where the teacher wanted to focus on all the things that tend to not be focused on in the average history class, like perceptions of women. Apparently, back in the late 1800's, the idea was that women could only focus their energies on one thing at a time--if the energies were diverted elsewhere, like getting an education, they wouldn't have enough for the important things. Brother H's teacher even read an excerpt from a speech given to some Harvard graduates that said something like if we were to send women to higher education, within one or two generations, we'd be reduced to a nation of imbeciles.

On the other hand, around the same time, Brigham Young, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was saying, "Educate a man, and you only educate a man. Educate a woman, and you educate a family." And he was sending women back east from Utah to get more education. That's a big part of why most of the LDS people we know tend to raise an eyebrow when someone suggests that the Mormons oppress women.

That discussion led to Brother H remembering one time when President Faust told about his aunt who was one of the first female doctors in the state of Utah, who lived by this adage: When fretted by this single life, which seems to be my lot, I think of all the many men whose wife I’m glad I’m not. And we liked it so much we had to repeat it. (We also had to go to to find the quote, because we couldn't remember it well enough. Here's the whole talk, for anyone who's interested.)

Today I'm thankful for another lovely trip to the temple, fun conversation with Brother and Sister H, Oreo eating some turkey today (he's not eating much, but he's looking livelier), having time to just lie in bed and not move, and our laundry being done.