A Color Befitting Mother Culture
Wool plaid is my favorite skirt for cool weather. The (tartan) skirt is a traditional look that, I’ve convinced myself, will always be in style. I keep an eye out for off-season sales. Over the years, a handful of colors have made their way into my closet this way. I’m partial to red wool; wearing it and knitting it.
An autumn color I find unusually soft and appealing is plum.
May I introduce you to a less talked about detail of the godly woman that is tucked away in Proverbs thirty-one? Here we read that her clothing is of fine linen and she actually wears the color purple. For centuries this hard-to-come-by and expensive fabric dye has been associated with royalty. I think it befitting that purple (or plum) be worn by the godly homemaker. Purple is the representation of the majesty of motherhood. To my mind it beautifully represents a mother’s high calling.
The Majesty of Motherhood
A mother is queen of her household. The day her newborn baby is placed in her arms is her coronation day. Yes, while she is gazing into the face of her precious little one, a little one so fresh from heaven, she is crowned queen. She is crowned with authority by the Almighty God.
The Young Victoria
Upon reading the Landmark book, Queen Victoria,I couldn’t help noticing what biographer Noel Streatfeild, intriguingly said of young Victoria on page 64:
“From the roots of her being she believed that Divine Providence had called her to the throne and that, young and inexperienced though she was [she was eighteen] there could be no question about her fitness for her task. It was God’s wish that she should reign. He would support her.”
Do we have such confidence in our calling . . . from the roots of our being?
A homemaker is nanny, nurse, cook, teacher, taxi-driver, housemaid, laundress, seamstress, gardener, friend, and more. She is queen. She serves and she reigns. And as a good queen thinks of her country and her people before she thinks of herself, love and duty have taught the homemaker to anticipate the daily needs of those she serves (husband and children) even before they are aware of them.
Children, too, have a part to play in this mini kingdom of home. A queen expects her subjects to, in turn, faithfully serve her. Because Miss Charlotte Mason was a British educator it seems apropos that she would be better familiar with the characteristics of royalty. She said, “It is good for the children to faithfully serve, honor and humbly obey their natural rulers [Dad is king]. Only at home can children be trained in the chivalrous temper of proud submission and dignified obedience.”
chivalrous temper and in a modern day American child training book. And yet isn’t she on the mark? The government of the home is not to be democratic – where everyone has an equal say. It is a monarchy. It isn’t heartless tyranny but an authority gently “felt” and accepted by the children within the atmosphere and order of a happy home.
During Thanksgiving Holiday when you serve and eat a harvest of healthy colors, think also of wearing a color befitting your Mother Culture.
This post is based on a longer article: “The Majesty of Motherhood” found on Homeschool Highlights.