Thursday, March 28, 2013
There are days when housework is dreaded. We are not in the right "mood" to clean and bake and cook. Or, perhaps we are letting some trial take over our mind, causing us to fall into despair. This is sad, because once we start our chores, we are often happy and at peace. There is joy in dusting and polishing. There is pride in cooking for the family. There is happiness in creating a pleasant haven in our homes.
At times like this, one of my favorite things to do is get out the old ironing board. I might get pillowcases and sheets if there is nothing else to iron, but I get something. I can set up the board anywhere in the house. It is nice to be near the children. Or I might turn on an old black and white movie to watch while I work.
Ironing is done in a slow and careful manner. It forces one to be peaceful. This kind of work should not be done in a rush, or under stress; Because that would take away its benefits. Of course, the clothes we iron will look lovely, without wrinkles! But the warmth of the iron and the steady movements we make while we work, will bring a calmness over us.
Husband and children will see this. They will see something that is rare in this culture, where sloth and slacking are the goal. Family will see that mother loves home and she loves her housework. She will be with the family and they will see her doing the old homemaking tasks, the rare tasks that help make home special, and this will somehow bring peace in the home.
The next time you are not in the mood to clean, or you are overcome by sadness, just get out the ironing board and enjoy a precious task that homemakers have been doing for generations. Trust me, you will feel so much better!
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