Although Mary Lyon was passionate, talented, strong, and energetic, she was not naturally skilled in household arts.
“Mary Lyon’s competence in household arts was hard-won, for although she had a strong physique, she [Mary] seems never to have been deft with her hands. … though a close friend observed “With all her acknowledged inaptitude for mechanical pursuits, she could spin and weave as well as any other kinswomen of those days” (Green, 1979, p.12).
“She took all the greater pleasure in doing these and the like things [spinning, baking, launder, embroider] because they came hard to her” (Green, 1979, p. 13)
FebruMary facts come from the book Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke, Opening the Gates, by Elizabeth Alden Green.
Green, E. A. (1979). Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke: Opening the gates. Hanover, N.H: University Press of New England.