April 10, 2010
I had to smile, somewhat wryly, at the use of the phrase “mistress of my own house” as I considered how different the concept is now from the middle of the 18th century. I was carrying a basket of laundry as the words floated from the television, spoken by the character of Emily Lennox in the Aristocrats miniseries. I thought of the long list of chores that I was making my way through for today, which would have been handled by servants, not the mistress, in Emily's time. I, too, would like to be mistress of my own house.