Two Simone de Beauvoir quotes from The Second Sex inspired me to reflect on the experience of being divided as a mother–being awestruck by the beauty of your child as well as being exhausted and in dire need of time to be a person not responsible for another’s wellbeing. There is also a collection of interviews with artists who are also mothers called The Divided Heart which has been profoundly influential and inspired the name of my solo show about motherhood.
And this piece is also inspired by the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”.
Here is the PDF! village
And here is the mp3
I will be thrilled when I have an actual choral recording–this summer.
Here are the Simone de Beauvoir quotes that really resonate with me, and with this piece.
“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”
“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”