I have always been astounded by the power of words to inspire, excite, inform and encourage. As a result of my lifelong love affair with the written and spoken word, I have a sizeable collection of books of quotations. Without a doubt, my favorite book in that collection is a diminutive volume entitled AAFCS—100 Years of Inspiration Centennial Book of Quotations. Compiled by the Illinois Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, it’s a collection of wonderful quotes from past and current FACS stars.
Today I’d like to share with you a few of the quotes from this book that I find most inspiring and enlightening. I hope that you will consider each of these quotations a gift and that these words will ignite your passion and enthusiasm for our profession.
Home economics stands for the ideal home life for today, unhampered by the traditions of the past; utilization of all the resources of modern science to improve the home life; the freedom of home from the dominance of things and their due subordination to ideals; that simplicity in material surroundings that will free the spirit for the more important and permanent interests of home and society.
The function of home economics is to assemble and disseminate whatever may serve to promote the ideal for the home and the lives within. . . .The relationship to other divisions of knowledge and to other lines of activity must be recognized if the subject is to be seen in it proper perspective. It behooves each worked in home economics to survey all fields of knowledge, all lines of activity, and to glean therefrom whatever may serve the end we seek—improvement of homes and family life.
A home economist, it seems to me, is the person who, by whatever route she arrives, has an insight into the wide range of home and family problems, a discriminating appreciation of the importance of home and families to society, and a fund of sound knowledge of science or the humanities which she purposes to use in the solution of some of these problems.
A true professional attitude toward ourselves is necessary before we can expect anyone else to accord us professional recognition and status.
Home economics is the art and science of relating families to progress.
For most family and consumer sciences professionals, their work or how they practice is not just a career; it is a “calling”. The essence of the “soul” of the profession is our attitude and perspective, our feeling that we’re making a meaningful contribution, and that we have a vision for the future we’re trying to create.
In closing, let me remind each of you that you are FACS stars when you strive to be the best that you can be every day. Have a wonderful weekend!