Mrs. Chatelaine still holds the key to balancing home and career
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She was first featured when she was chosen as Mrs. Chatelaine in the May 1964 issue.
Ethelyn Mosher, of Nictaux, is getting lots of bouquets these days.
Ever since she was featured in the February issue of Chatelaine magazine, she can’t take a quick trip into town without someone stopping to compliment her latest story. She even received a dozen yellow roses to mark the occasion.
The magazine contacted her last fall after she celebrated her 65th wedding anniversary with husband George, asking to do a follow-up interview for Valentine’s Day.
“It’s kind of nice to have this bouquet,” she said. “It’s nice at any age to get a bouquet.”
The interview now appearing in Chatelaine is not the first time Mosher was interviewed by the women’s magazine. Mosher was first featured when she was chosen as Mrs. Chatelaine in the May 1964 issue.
This yearly contest ran during the 1960’s and invited readers to write-in, answering a list of questions that ranged from house keeping and cooking, to personal opinions.
“The second year I told George, ‘they’re just looking for an ordinary person, I’m going to enter,” she said.
That time she was shortlisted as a runner-up. A few years later she tried again and was chosen, being featured in an issue that profiled notable Canadians such as Don Messer, Gordon Sinclair, Gordie Tapp, and Foster Hewitt.
Mosher says they asked about 30 questions for that first story, but the one she remembers most asked about her philosophy of life.
“I had no idea at 33, but I began to think about it and I came up with two quotes from the Bible,” she said. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. Once I said that was my philosophy, I had to enlarge on it.”
In those days, Mosher was a housewife and young mother of four. She was also involved in various hobbies, sports and volunteer work. In her spare time, she loved to write and sold her stories to various publications.
“I like to think of the home as a secure, solid haven where the husband and wife work together as copartners to supply material needs, love, protection, understanding, encouragement, guidance and a good example of family who will in turn use these same assets to build other homes,” she says in the 1964 article.
About ten years later, about the time when women across North America began marching for equal rights, Mosher’s freelance writing career evolved into a fulltime writing position at the local newspaper.
She added that she didn’t take this job as a political statement, but rather because she loved writing and meeting people. This relationship with the local newspaper now spans about 40 years.
“I used to do things because it felt right, not because I wanted to make a statement about things,” she said. “When they asked me I told them that I thought the man was the head of the household, I wouldn’t have defined myself as a feminist.”
She added that her beliefs about equal rights are rooted in those Bible passages that remind us to respect other people, as much as we respect ourselves
“In order to respect other people and treat them well, you have to first have a good opinion of yourself,” she said. “I believe that in that respect, I was a little ahead of my time and I wonder if that’s why they chose me as Mrs. Chatelaine.”
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