Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Viewing Laundry as Hope for the Future

Note to self: Read this book asap! Two bloggers have quoted this book in the past week and both times I've thought that it sounded intriguing. First Elizabeth and then Andrea who was linked to by Amy.

Even so seemingly non transcendent an act as putting clothing away can be a gesture of memory or of hope. We put laundry away in drawers and closets in the expectation that another day or season will come when we will need those things again. We pack away baby clothes in boxes in the hope that another child or grandchild will be added to the family or that an opportunity will come to pass things along to others who will use them. We save articles of clothing that belonged to a loved one who died, remembering the body that used to be clothed in these things and hoping for the day when our bodies and theirs will finally be truly, gloriously clothed.

~Margaret Kim Peterson Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life

2 comments:

Christine Mao said...

Hi Rachel, Do you have a copy of this book? I read the excerpt from Amazon and would love to have a look at the rest. Thanks for sharing it.
Happy 2nd B'day to Shelby as well :)

Chris

Rachel said...

Hi, Chris! I'm afraid I don't have that book!! I really would like to get a copy of it sometime soon though! Will let you borrow it if/when I do!

Rach