What a lively and impassioned response to yesterday's post! Thank you all for your comments.
The reason I wrote the post wasn't so much to justify my lifestyle choice but to illustrate how full one's days can be even if one doesn't have paid work. If I had a paid job I loved I'd be doing it, it just happens that I love this job.
Sometimes, when I get the question, I just say 'My husband earns enough'. I say this to my children, I tell them how lucky we are that their father can support us all. They don't know anyone else whose mother doesn't have a job.
People invariably say 'it's alright for some'. Well, yes it is, very alright, I am a lucky girl, but would they say that if I were working, and earning more money than I needed?
I have also had the 'haven't you wasted your education/training?' question. Education is never wasted whatever you choose to do with your life and I dislike the notion that education is only a means to an end. I use my education every day of my life.
I worry for my children and their contemporaries who simply won't be able to afford to choose to do what I did (I graduated, worked for four years as a teacher and then left to have my family) because they will be saddled with massive student debt which will take years of paid employment to pay off.
To other things.
These photos are of my crab apple tree
All pink and white
Making me think of berries and cream
And the jelly I will be making with the apples.
All pink and white;
We think there must be fairies to protect you
From frost and blight,
Until, some windy day, in drifts of petals,
You take your flight.
You'll fly away! But if we wait with patience,
Some day we'll find
Here, in your place, full-grown and ripe, the apples
You left behind -
A goodly gift indeed, from blossom babies
Illustration and rhyme from
A Flower Fairy Alphabet
by Cicely Mary Barker