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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
Something in the soul tends to slow down and be at peace, out in a rural area. We think of a vacation spot, getting out of the hectic "city" and just taking a break. Perhaps we avoid some technology (television, phones, etc). Maybe we spend most of our time fishing, taking strolls, camping, and just watching a little TV in the evening hours.
We visit more. . . We are more neighborly. . . We have an abundance of time. We can read, study, write, bake, cook, and take the time to say "hello" to the few we happen to meet in a day. There is less of a need for money. This takes away many burdens and much pressure.
This, to me, is something like homeschooling.
Often we think we need to be bombarded with social opportunities. We think we need lots of activities to be normal. When we aren't constantly busy, or around a ton of people, we think something is missing. This is like learning to live in a rural area; A place where few people live, limited stores, and the only public transportation depends on how far you can walk. This is often a culture shock, just like starting a homeschool. It is so different.
Somehow, as we learn to get through the adjustment phase, we find a blessing. We find the joy that is hidden underneath all the social expectations, and all the things we are told we are "missing out on."
We find that being in a rural area, is just the place to thrive. . . and grow. . . and become a productive, pleasant citizen. It is a place where our children can thrive, and grow in character and nobility. We are protected from the onslaught of humanism, ungodliness, and a worldly culture. We appreciate many more things. We are grateful.
We often have more time for prayer, for focusing on the needs of others, and for doing good deeds.
This is what I am learning, in the middle of nowhere, "trapped at home with no car," in Northern Vermont.