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From "On The Banks of Plum Creek"
"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Human Frailty of the Godly Soul
"The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort. His great spirit was often in the seventh heaven of exultation, and as frequently on the borders of despair. His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a greatly wearied child."
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
- Elizabeth Prentiss, 1800's.
A married woman who stays home. This is a lifelong vocation. It is an old-fashioned term, and something to be proud of. Not a "domestic engineer." Not a "home manager." An old fashioned housewife, who keeps the home, and abides there. - Mrs. White
Keeping our days cheerful is no easy task. There is so much gloom and doom to overwhelm us. We often have to live with grumpy people, or be near those that frustrate and irritate. We see people making mistakes that hurt others, but somehow, we must keep our chin up and walk on.
Growing up, I had a very dear friend who was a great example of learning to move on when times got tough. I remember the terrible circumstances she was always in. She would sit for a couple of minutes to brood, and then I'd see that charming smile, and she was up again! She always inspired me because she didn't let life get her down.
It would be so easy to indulge in our miseries. We would have every right. We could stay in dark, stormy moods or be depressed by the sorrow around us. And yes, at times we will do that. But to stay there for long is a waste of time. We need some cheerful distractions to help us transition to the happier moments.
I love the old movies most of all. Actors like Shirley Temple always made me laugh. Yesterday I watched a few episodes of The Brady Bunch and Happy Days. I love that the Moms were home and that was the normal custom in those days.
When we don't have examples around us to keep us happy, we can always read Erma,The Family Circus, or watch classic television like Burns and Allen. These kinds of distractions from our daily troubles will give us a little time of retreat and refreshment so that we can get back on the right foot.
There are certain stars and authors who make life look fun. This is not to say they don't have any trouble, but they find a way to smile through most of it. And this kind of wholesome entertainment is something we truly need.