Actually, the name of this week’s block is Contrary Husband, and Barbara Brackman selected this block to remind us that not so long ago, it didn’t matter how rotten a man was, if you married him, you were stuck.
Any property you brought to the marriage became his. Money? You guessed it, his. Land? His. If you had children with him and decided to leave him? Yeah, he got the offspring, too. What if he beat you? That was your tough luck, because your family and society in general were just as likely to turn a blind eye to his execrable behavior as well your bruises and broken bones. Divorce you say? That wasn’t happening either. The callous old saying, “you made your bed, now lie in it,” seems so much more cruel used in this context.
I’m in such a good mood, I believe that I’ll pull a Scarlett O’Hara regarding this week’s block topic – I’ll think about it tomorrow. We’re on vacation this week and we’ve been having some high times around the home place. I’ve had the opportunity to get some flower beds cleaned out and seeded, and the dogs are enjoying the extra freedom. The donkeys are ready to get shed of their winter coats – it’s amazing how long they’ll stand still when I have a brush in my hand – and one of the two people that live here has been battling the epic number of tumbleweeds dropped on our place by the last few windstorms (psst… it hasn’t been me).
Ms. Brackman’s pattern called for a solid square in the center, but I couldn’t leave it there. That large center patch was crying out for me to be contrary and add my own touch… why not?