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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
Some days it doesn't take very long to tidy up my house. The kitchen is quickly cleaned, the parlour is neat, the laundry is in the machine and the floors are swept. Once everything is in order, I sometimes wonder, "Have I done enough?" or "Is it possible that I can go do some other pleasant thing?" Those are the lovely moments of doing basic housekeeping.
Yesterday, I was reading from Great Expectations. One of my girls found a beautiful hardcover copy of this at Marshalls the last time we were in the city. I was delighted when she bought it for me. The rich literary wit and historical insights are amazing. I found myself taking the book into other rooms in the house to share interesting passages with the children. Next, I took an early afternoon rest by watching an old Frank Sinatra movie. But one can only take so much of worldly amusements, so I turned on the gospel music and did some more housework.
Even though the day was slow paced and pleasant, I was still busy with the grandbaby, my teenagers and errands. The housework seemed to take care of itself, in very quick bursts of cleaning. I had much leisure time and was delighted.
When a child gets ready to do some home chore, he is often overwhelmed. He may procrastinate and take hours on a job that really only takes minutes. This is what makes housework seem tedious, boring and painful. When we mothers go in with a cheerful attitude and a spring in our step, we can make very basic housework look delightful. We can accomplish a lot in a short time and then be free for other things.
One of my girls is like that. She will go into a room, tidy up a mess in minutes and come back like she didn't exert herself in any way. The bright happy look in her eyes and the pleasant proud smile delight our home. She can make the house look so pretty with very little effort.
If we just realized that basic housework is only sweeping, cooking, washing, laundry and other such minor tasks, we would enjoy much more time of looking about the room, sighing content and sitting to rest in a happy, clean home.