Ownership | The Sins of Their Father’s Mother

Firefighting Mode – Chapter 4

MM would grow up eventually and stop being a victim. She would learn to take responsibility for her life, and would see that she that she too was complicit in her own suffering. And this would bring light. Because accepting that one has a role in creating struggle also means that one has the power to change.

This would happen later, after many stages of growth. What’s important is where she was at this point – already the suffering mother who is revered by society, even though she didn’t have a child. One who had started the process of moving on from being just a victim, to being an angry victim.

And anger made her change and demand the right to adequate sleep and rest. And to ask questions.


The Sins of Their Father’s Mother
Do women deserve a weekly off or do they need to pay
for the sins of their husbands mother on that seventh day?
The mother who never got any rest and thought that it was right
to be an obedient daughter-in-law and a quiet unopinionated wife.

Because she learned from her own mother
that this was the only way
to a stable successful family life
in the years when it was her day.

But things are so very different now and so much has changed.
Many men want their women to put up their feet
and rest a little when they have the need.

Their mother should have had a weekly off
she shouldn't have had to pay.
For the sins of their father's mother
on every seventh day.

Genesis 2 – God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating he had done – The Holy Bible, New International Version.

I invite you to read all chapters of Firefighting Mode and think about the kind of society we create when we leave the busy unmoderated, and let it take over our lives.

Published by Anitaelise

Anitaelise teaches piano lessons at Anitaelise Piano Studio and writes poetry and essays at The Relaxed Housekeeper.

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