If you need me, I’m in the backyard with a cup of tea and my back to the sun

I’ve been writing a short essay on how, after signing the registration book as Housewife, I found myself to be in the Abu Dhabi library reading “A Room of One’s Own” (they have two copies).

And then, thanks to Genevieve, I read Susan Johnson‘s blog and she said, amongst other excellent things, this: “I do know my life is enriched by my children, but I am not entirely sure my art is….it is very, very hard for me to combine writing with running a household, having children, and a marriage. Most of the world’s greatest women writers did not have children. This is not an accidental fact.”

So it seemed that although I was very much enjoying putting words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs that there was no longer any need to write the essay.

But if I keep not saying things because they’ve already been said, then what will I write about?

So I put the kettle on.

0 thoughts on “If you need me, I’m in the backyard with a cup of tea and my back to the sun”

  1. my sentiments exactly, dear cat.
    There are very few female painters with children either.

    Genevieve is very very helpful for things like that.

    Actually, I don’t imagine that you said, despite its having been said a million times before,
    would fail to be made all the more worthwhile by its having been said by you.

  2. Academics are always repackaging the words of others, dear Cat, so why not us? why the hell not indeed?
    Susan is a very good blogger, her snapshots of literary life in London (and elsewhere – did we see Dieppe?) are terrific.
    Rachel Power has done a whole book with others on the mothers and art thing, it’s good too. Just such a relief to know I am not the only parent who has been impatient when children are around.
    It may need a sequel, however, about women whose children are grown and gone – when did this happen? I keep asking myself. At the risk of sounding blasphemous, it’s almost too quiet now.

  3. there is not much (if anything) to be said in this world that has not already been said. that doesn’t mean you can’t reach people in a different way with the same message, just because of the unique way you create your writing.

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