We recently got a query about where the following quote, attributed to Margaret Sanger, came from:
“The mother memories that are closest to my heart are the small gentle ones that I have carried over from the days of my childhood. They are not profound, but they have stayed with me through life, and when I am very old, they will still be near . . . Memories of mother drying my tears, reading aloud, cutting cookies and singing as she did, listening to prayers I said as I knelt with my forehead pressed against her knee, tucking me in bed and turning down the light. They have carried me through the years and given my life such a firm foundation that it does not rock beneath flood or tempest.”
I got worried. Could she actually have written this? I haven’t read anything so mawkish, so sentimental, so “unSanger-like” in a long time. Then the discovery — it was written by Margaret Sangster, late 19th century poet and writer for the Woman’s Home Companion and Harper’s Bazaar, who often penned pieces about good manners, the art of homemaking, and “Winsome Womanhood.” She certainly did not write for Socialist journals like the New York The Call on the importance of sex education, how to avoid venereal disease, and ways to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Thank goodness we are working on a different Margaret!