One was born to privilege, whose family had great wealth.
The other, named Martha, was born poor.
As adults both women felt the need for motherhood.
Martha bore seven children.
The woman of privilege spent seven years in college studying child development and education, eventually receiving her Ph.D., but never married, nor had a child.
Martha’s family needed more room and searched for a house. They found a modest home located in wealthy neighborhood which had once been a servant’s. Now the servant’s home needed repairs, and few were interested in a home which, in comparison with the others around it, seemed merely a servant’s residence.
Martha however, believed there was an advantage for her children to grow up among the children of greater privilege and therefore purchased the unwanted house.
Martha, ever eager to learn more, had read books to better understand parenting. She was surprised to learn one of her favorite teachers lived in her neighborhood.
As coincidence would further have it, both the woman of privilege and Martha were called upon to serve together in teaching neighborhood children. They spent many hours together, but oftentimes did not agree.
After six years, Martha concluded the conflicts between them were insurmountable.
In the seventh year, Martha concluded that if the woman of privilege could gaze into the eyes of her own children for but five minutes, she would know more than she did now, notwithstanding the many years of study which she had devoted to child development and education.
In the eighth year, Martha concluded it was her responsibility to teach the woman of privilege, and so the occupant of the servant’s house undertook the burden of teaching the needy but unwilling.
It was a role that would require many years, with only limited success.