Jaroldeen Edwards, a mother of twelve children, had just published a novel and was being interviewed in her home by two sophisticated female reporters. Although she tried to maintain a professional appearance, her children embarrassed her by continually seeking her attention. As the reporters were leaving, one went to use the telephone, leaving Jaroldeen alone with the senior reporter. Jaroldeen recounts,
“There's something I want to tell you,” [the reporter] said intensely…“I just want you to know that we were sold a lie.”
“What do you mean?” I asked, totally puzzled.
“I mean, when I went to college they lied to us…We were told not to throw our lives away on husbands and children, but to go out into the world and to succeed. We were told that only through a professional career could we ‘find ourselves' or live a worthwhile life. I just want you to know that this morning I have realized it was all a lie...I would trade all my so-called worldly success for one day of living your life.”
Jaroldeen Edwards. “Following Christ in Service to Others.” Church News, March 10, 1990, 8.