Saturday, August 18, 2007

My Inner Domestic Goddess

I've heard there is merit in doing housework, but personally I don't see the point of making beds, sweeping the floor and cleaning windows if it only has to be done again in six months' time. So, in my column this week, I started looking into which ancient goddess I could use as a domestic goddess role model. This is what I found.
  • Rhiannon didn't clean windows because, as goddess of birds, horses and licorice all sorts, she didn't want any of her birds to run into a clean window and get hurt.

  • As goddess of the home, Vesta didn't wax floors because she was terrified a guest would slip and she had no current public liability insurance.

  • The goddess behind Easter (Eostre) didn't vacuum because she actually liked dust bunnies. In fact, she liked all sorts of bunnies. They were very good company, made great chocolate eggs, and they agreed with everything she said.

  • Spider Woman didn't disturb cobwebs because all the earth's children live in her web. To clear the cobwebs would be creating rampant homelessness and that would be just plain irresponsible.

  • Demeter didn't spring-clean because she was too busy welcoming Persephone back from the Underworld. Besides, she was too busy ensuring an abundant harvest so that the world's people wouldn't starve.

  • The Roman goddess of flowers didn't pull weeds in the garden because, well, once you get used to them, some weeds' flowers are pretty.

  • Athena didn't iron because she wore what nature intended — flirty short skirts in peacetime and warrior's armor during the end-of-season sales (and other times of general warfare).

  • Love goddess Venus didn't have time for housework — she was too busy painting her nails and other general duties appropriate to her realm of beauty, sass, sunshine and love.
Which ancient goddess best reflects your inner domestic goddess?


Anonymous said...

Martha's Stewart's idea: Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

My Inner Domestic Goddess' idea: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone! You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it, anyway!

Nicole said...

I would love to be more like our Love Goddess, Venus but me being the sweet tooth I am, I'd have to say the Goddess of Easter, Eostre. I wouldn't vacuum if the bunnies were going to produce chocolate eggs for me all year round. ;)

clairem said...

I am definitely, definitely, definitely Rhiannon, Artemis, too busy roamming around and making sure I welcome the feminine into the feminine world and staying outdoor for such periods of time that really, I couldn't care less about the windows being clean... I want to watch the full moon from outside anyway!!


Anonymous said...

Oh, lol, I LOVE this one! We have so many more interesting things to do ohter than clean, ad nauseam!

I'd have to say I'm most like Rhiannon... I just don't get around to the windows! And, yeah, birds do tend to get confused when they're all shiny and reflecting the outdoors! Just so I can still see the birds through them, you know? Got some gorgeous little hummingbirds out there...

And those dust bunnies?! Just stick some "googly" eyes on them and call it crafting!!!! ;)

Thanks, Anita! :D

Blessings )O(