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Letter: Good career choice at home

I am a wife, mother and homemaker. Although I have a Master of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University, I choose to be in the kitchen.

I choose to grow my own food, can or freeze it and prepare nutritious homemade meals for my family. I choose to be a "house slave" as John Updike calls a housewife in the required close reading essay in my son's honors 10th grade English class at South Carrol High Sschool.

To The Rev. Luis Leon, I choose to be called "back" in the kitchen and it is not by the religious right, but because I love my family. Why does society look down on women who desire to be at home and take care of the needs of their family? What is so bad about being at home so that you have time to raise the next generation of exemplary young men and women who know how to do their own laundry, make their own dinner and develop a good work ethic by doing chores around the house?

What is so bad about providing homemade nutritious meals so that your children are not obese and on their way to developing diabetes? What is so bad about being available to volunteer countless hours at your child's school, or your local church or your local charity? What is so bad about being available to meet the many needs of people in your community?

What is wrong with desiring to invest your life into your family by taking care of their basic needs so that they can excel in their education and in all their endeavors?

To Leon and all of the elite, educated, progressives who believe being in the kitchen is a move backward for women and society, I say look around you and see how well our children our doing since we have been "out of the kitchen."

What is the general health of our nation's children? One in three children is obese. One in three children today will develop diabetes in their lifetime. What is the general school report card on our nation's children? National test scores fall below other nations. Dropout rates are on the rise. Remedial classes are required before high school graduates can take college classes. Do I need to go on?

Some day, I may use that education degree outside the home, but right now my career is my home. What a gift to society.

Dawn Pickett

Westminster

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