I was blessed by the Goddess Ephrea, the life giver, with twin daughters who are still very young. Well, everyone knows how rare it is to have twin daughters, and that two daughters are double the work of one! It’s a great responsibility to bring up girls that are a credit to our glorious Queendom. I am honored that the goddesses entrusted me with twins.
However, due to the findings of the last census, I’ve received a letter saying that my mother, who lives in a different sector than I do, must move into my household!
Harmonia, this is not fair! I know plenty of mothers who only have one daughter. Why can’t they be chosen to host their mother so that the correct amount of citizens can be housed in her sector? I understand the importance of the census, but why me? My hands are full and my mother is aged and needs almost as much care as my daughters do! Her neighbors are more than happy to look after her. Think of my poor mother! She will certainly be homesick if there is no way to forestall this reassignment!
And, most of all, think of my two daughters! How disrupted their lives will be! It isn’t fair to them, not at all. Tell me there is a way to stop this from happening, please, O wise Harmonia!
Looking Out for Two
Dear Looking Out,
Instead of Looking Out you should first Look Back, and then Look Forward.
You must look back to see that Evlantis was founded by Great Mother Eve and every law that has been passed, or stricken, from the record since then has been lovingly guided by the goddesses and the wisest of women. The committee that evalutates census results takes all factors into consideration before making its decisions on how to disperse our population so as best to serve the State. These are not haphazard or random assignmnents, but based on law, wisdom, and learning. Since Ephrea chose to bless you with two daughters, I must conclude she has blessed you with the wisdom to discern this truth, now that I have plainly laid it out for you! You must be a good daughter of the city and embrace your life-giving mother’s inclusion into your household with joy!
You must also Look Forward and see the profound message you are passing on to your double blessings. In the caring for your mother you are teaching them, by your own example, one of our most sacred precepts; that each woman’s life is holy. The burdens that come with a mother’s aging fall upon the daughter to bear. It is an honor that your mother has lived long enough to need your care. Not to mention that your daughters will have the privilege of living with their Grandmother! Not many girls have that honor! Your worries about your mother being homesick are unfounded. You forget the old adage, “Home is where your family is.”
Beware, Looking Out, that the person you are really looking out for is yourself. Self-sacrifice is the highest calling of mothers. There is a special place in the afterlife that is only spoken of in shadows and whispers for the Daughter of Eve that abandons her duty to her mother.
Heed my words, young mother. There is still time for you to accept the wise assignment of the census committee with the proper attitude of joy. There is no question that the decision can not, and should not, be changed.
Looking out for both your daughters and your mother,
P.S. Just in case my argument was not strong enough, having your mother join your household will increase your status. You may be eligible for better housing and more privileges. Please look into those possibilities. It may make your “burdens” easier to bear.