Friday, April 5, 2013
Old, quaint homes create a sort of ambiance that makes one cheerful. One can even be imaginative and creative with one's life. These types of homes are ideal for artists and inventors.
In our old 1800's house, there is a large, sunny room on the first floor. It is warm and cozy. I can read on the little Ethan Allen sofa that we bought at an auction, on the grounds of the home we now own. I can see the front property and enjoy the quiet seclusion of our "estate."
The reality of living in an old house, when one is of limited means, is suffering with cold and dreary rooms. Any of us could give in to our difficult circumstances and dwell on that which is unpleasant. We could certainly allow ourselves a few hours, or days, of indulging in melancholy moods, but then to emerge from that with a new zeal and excitement for the possibilities can make things so much better.
Does it matter that my Ethan Allen couch is designed with an odd color, or that it is ripped up and overly worn from age? Only to onlookers. To me it is very comfortable. We keep it covered with a flowery bedspread, and a few throw pillows. As long as the surroundings are neat and tidy, the couch adds a pleasant coziness to the room.
The Homemaker who calls her home an "estate," "cottage" or other such charming term, will find happiness in her daily tasks - making the home pleasant, because she has found a way to make the most of her circumstances. She will not get caught up in the crankiness of family members. She will not get caught up in the neighbor's gossip. She can be a bright light and a joy to those around her because she is dedicated to the ART of creating a comfortable, pretty home - with what she has. This becomes her hobby, her vocation, her calling.
I'll admit it is easier to have an "estate" when one has an old house. But a beach house, an apartment, or a mobile home can inspire the residents to bring joy to their guests if the homemaker takes a little time to invent her own little retreat. What would one call an apartment? How about a "flat" (A London term), or think of the charming little places in Italy? What about a mobile home? Could one call it a cabin? Or a camper in the park? There are so many different types of places to live! We just have to find a way to make them special and pleasant. This will bring us comfort. This will bring our family comfort. This is what will motivate and inspire us to keep house, especially on those difficult days.
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