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Stay-at-home moms - career choice proves an investment with eternal rewards

Kathleen North's '86 article on stay-at-home moms (Winter '98) struck a chord with me. It was well written -- beautifully written. The group of PLU alums who meet weekly no doubt provide a great deal of support and encouragement.
      As I read the article I heard so many of my thoughts echo through the comments of mothers in the group. And it is still meaningful to hear them. I have been hearing myself say more and more frequently, "We (my husband and I) made a decision to do what it took to allow me time at home with our two children. It was an investment that we do not regret."
      I've started this letter many times. I wanted to share so many things having come to a point in parenting where the giving is not so intense and the receiving of the rewards is a frequent surprise. Often in the midst of the child-rearing time, the perspective is difficult to keep -- in the end the rewards will pay off dividends you cannot even comprehend. The dividends that Bill and I are seeing continually amaze us. Would we see them even if I had not been home? Who knows? But we don't have regrets when we see our two children dealing with their questions in life from a solid Christian faith of their own. We pray in thankfulness nearly every day for each of them. We made plenty of mistakes as parents, but they are also forgiving children.
      Thanks for the article and keep up the support for each other!


Finally! An issue (stay-at-home moms, Winter '98) that addresses the career I have chosen beyond my business career. After graduation I had 13 wonderful years in the business and academic business settings. PLU helped to prepare me for that, and it also helped to prepare me for managing a home, a husband and two children.
      In my current homemaking career I do all the things I did in my business career -- time management, prioritizing work activities, negotiating with "clients" and vendors, budgeting, financial reporting, financial analysis, inventory control, supervising, attending meetings, sometimes I even "do lunch!" My hours are longer, the challenge is greater than any business position I have ever held and the rewards are eternal, which means more to me than any paycheck a company could offer.
      It is heartening to me that women are realizing that being at home taking care of a family is every bit and more a success story as a choice of careers. Thank you to Kathleen North '86 for writing her insightful article.


Who "owns" the fish - the country of origin or the country in whose waters they spend the majority of their adult lives?

I enjoyed the Spring 1998 issue of Scene which focused on Canada. While working on a graduate degree in Pacific Northwest history a few years ago at Portland State University, I had the opportunity to participate in a Canada seminar led by Professor Charles White. It certainly changed my perspective.
      I was intrigued by Laurel Willoughby's "Fish Tales." Her section on "Cascadia" and globalism was particularly interesting. One suggestion which might help people better understand the salmon dilemma, however: Pacific salmon don't "migrate to Alaskan waters to spawn" as the article implied. They actually spawn in the freshwater streams and watersheds of Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska. They subsequently migrate to the ocean, where they grow to adult size on the (usually) abundant food.
      The crux of the problem lies in the fact that once they reach salt water, the various stocks mix and migrate indiscriminately in the Gulf of Alaska and off the west coast of British Columbia. The dispute has to do with who "owns" the fish -- the country of origin or the country in whose waters they spend the majority of their adult lives.
      Finally, a word of thanks for including helpful web sites with the articles. I enjoyed the issue so much that I asked the Alumni Office to send a copy to my former professor, Charles White. I'm sure he'll enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks!


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