Tuesday, August 21, 2012
On weekend mornings, my father would listen to old country gospel music in the kitchen while he and Mother made breakfast for us all. We children were teenagers and would sleep as late as we could. They would make a big pancake breakfast and it had such a delightful scent. It was a lovely way for us all to wake up.
Dad worked hard as a laborer. He kept a solid, predictable, calm routine in the home. We knew he would be watching westerns on Saturday afternoons. We knew he would be in the garage working on a project, or fixing the family cars. He did yard work and kept a garden. He also came home from work at the same time every day. Looking back at his life, HE was what kept things steady, no matter what was going on in our family.
Parents are like guardian angels. They are there to guide and watch over their children. But they do not get burned, or harmed, or pulled down, into their children's troubles. They are unscathed and strong. This helps build up courage in our children. This teaches them, as they mature in this life.
Our routines in the home are what keep things safe and secure. If our children (old or young) are struggling in this life, and they see Mother and Father cooking like always, or cleaning like always, or putting away the dinner dishes, like always, the children are comforted. On the other hand, if Mother and Father stop all they normally do and indulge in despair, and dwell on the trials so that it cripples the routine, the entire family is brought down.
Tonight, as I turn on the lamp light in the parlour, and sit in my favorite chair to do my Prentiss study, my children will feel a sense of security. As we finish up our evening routine and smile the smile of peace, and contented joy, despite any hidden tears, the children will feel the warmth and love of home. And they will heal from whatever harm the world has tried to cause. Somehow, home and family will prevail.
Sweet Childhood Memories - Manners Learned at the Finishing School.
We Need this all Year Round - Mothers with Christmas Courage.
I'll Still be Here, When the Children are Grown - Sitting Alone at The Kitchen Table.
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