I came upon a talk last night in my study that had within it a quote from C.S. Lewis I had never heard.
The talk, Women for the Latter Day, was given by Barbara B. Smith in the October 1979 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
In her address she quotes:
C. S. Lewis has wisely said that homemaking “is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars, and governments, etc. exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? … We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist” (Letters of C. S. Lewis, Warren H. Lewis, ed., London: Geoffrey Bles Ltd., 1956, p. 62).
There may be many in the world who scoff at the work a mother does, but I do have a personal testimony of its importance, for the influence we have over society is great beyond measure.