Here is this week’s list of tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
This Is the Best Way to Improve Every Part of Your Life. There’s a lot of truth to this.
How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion. When people lament the passing of the good old days, I wonder how much they actually know about daily life in whatever era they wish we could return to. This is something I think about a lot when I watch Call the Midwife. As fascinated as I am by the characters on it, I’d never want to live in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Life was simpler back then, but it was also incredibly difficult. Medical care was limited and a lot of people were trapped by strict social conventions that were only just beginning to loosen a little. All of these thoughts were tumbling around in my mind as I read this article. It’s a great one.
Mom Says: Catechism or Soccer, You Pick via 4AreaFrenchman. I absolutely love the mom’s response in this essay. It reminds me of how my parents raised their kids as well as how my brother and his wife are raising their family. Freedom is a very good thing.
Preventive Mastectomy: The First Week via PrairieHeels. Fair warning: this post includes some pictures of what the author’s body looked like as she was healing after surgery. What I liked the most about her story was how honest and positive she was. Too often people either seem to share horror stories about medical stuff or gloss over what it’s really like to recover from procedure X. If I was going to have this kind of surgery for some reason, I would have felt so reassured and comforted by her descriptions of how everything went. It was absolutely lovely.
From My Mother and Polio:
There’s a reason why I don’t get into arguments with anti-vaxxers.
My mother had polio when she was a young child, maybe a year older than Secondborn is now. Prior to that, she’d been a very active little girl — the fastest runner on her block, she once told me.
Then she came down with polio.
What have you been reading?