Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hats of Womanhood

Tuesday night, I was privileged to attend a program put on by my ward Relief Society, which they called "The Hats of Womanhood."

Along with a potluck dinner and mingling in a ward member's backyard, a group of sisters in the ward put on a little skit. Each woman, selected for her expertise in a certain area, talked about a specific "hat" that we, as women, are expected to wear.

I might have missed one or two, but here are the roles and a synopsis of what was said:

Maid - We as women are typically expected to keep our homes clean. The 5 following principles apply not only to keeping the physical part of our homes clean, but also to keeping our homes spiritually clean and welcoming to the Spirit:
  1. Be careful who/what you let cross your threshold! 
  2. Always clean from the top down and pay attention to corners and crevices.
  3. Make sure everything has a place and try to keep it in that place
  4. Before starting to clean, analyze the situation to see what needs to be done and how best to do it.
  5. The easiest way to maintain a clean home is to maintain it! 5 minutes here and there beats a full day every week (or more!).
Remember, cleanliness is next to Godliness :o)

Seamstress - In sewing, as in life, everything is easier with a pattern! Sewing and other handicrafts can be an important part of self-reliance. When you know how to sew, even a little, you can alter clothing to better fit your body. You can make articles of clothing more modest. You can save money and increase your home economy. If you do not know how to sew, you can start by sewing children's clothes - they're easy!

Gardener - A gardener finds beauty in diversity. A garden is more beautiful and more complete when there is variety! We see beauty in the flora during the spring and summer; we should look for the beauty in the people around us, too.

Scholar - It is important for us to keep learning, even when we are beyond our school-girl days. Find the way you learn best, whether it's taking a class, reading from a book, or some other way, and increase in knowledge!

Cook - We feel our best when we feed our bodies healthy food and keep the Word of Wisdom! We can improve our health and the health of our families by treating our bodies well.

Nurse - Women, and moms in particular, are given the charge to heal the physical and emotional wounds of our families and friends and others around us. Women are naturally nurturers and sometimes we have to put off ourselves to serve and "fix" those we love.

Athlete - Exercise is great for keeping our bodies healthy and able to complete the many tasks left to us! It's important to listen to our bodies and stop when it hurts: injuries are no fun. It's best to find something to do that we enjoy and that we can do on a regular basis! Exercise can be a great way to meet people and make new friends.

Chauffeur - Moms of school-aged children are called on to be taxi-drivers on a regular basis. An important lesson one sister learned is to always be on time. If we are on time, we don't feel rushed. This makes it easier and less stressful to be aware of other peoples' needs. Giving rides to non-family-members is a good way get to know people and community situations better.

Socialite - This sister told of suffering from postpartum depression and deciding to sign up for a Zumba class. She didn't realize until the first day of the class that it was a Spanish-speaking class, and she didn't speak a lick of Spanish! She felt very embarrassed but decided to stay for that first class. She ended up loving it and didn't switch out! She shared the lesson she learned from this experience: that you can have fun with people who are different than you are, and even in situations that scare you!

Queen - As women, we are queens of the house, masters of the ship! We need to remember that we are daughters of God and live up to this role by learning about God and our divine natures. We are precious in God's sight and should treat our sisters with kindness and compassion!

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