The Mr. and I finally caught up with HBO's Grey Gardens this weekend. What an amazing perspective it offered from the chaotic splendor of the original documentary. It also left me feeling both sad and grateful. Aside from the obvious mental fragility of both the Edies, they were victims of their times. Abandoned by their husband, father, sons and brothers, they just weren't made for those times. Imagine had their story started a few decades later? The idea that a woman's only way of providing for herself was to find a suitable husband makes me quiver.
I recently did an interview with The Mad Mom for a Momlogic piece. I said it there and I'll say it here. The work balance, or lack of, often drives me crazy. But, I make sure to remind myself that it's all on my terms. I can choose to go back to an office job any day (if there's anything left in this economy). I choose freedom. Freedom to be with my kids. Freedom to have a career. Freedom to be me. Thank you to all the women who made it possible throughout history. It's still a work in progress but I couldn't be who I am today without their struggles and perseverance.