Wednesday, October 30, 2013
There is a room in the house, where everyone goes to recover from the world. It is a place of warmth and safety. It is the parlour. Here one finds a cozy fire in the fireplace; comfortable chairs to rest in; and perhaps a little table for refreshments or a game of checkers.
It takes a little effort to keep the room clean and looking pleasant. The windows must be washed, the curtains ironed and tidy; the floor swept and the furniture dusted. This room ought to be cleaned on a daily basis, and sometimes more often than that. It is the room for hospitality to refresh the residents and guests who enter.
Sometimes, when one is so weary from the world, or the day's work, one does not want to leave the parlour just yet. That is when the family lingers by the hearth. The warm glow of the fire, and the pleasant room, strengthens the soul and delights the heart.
We Homemakers must do our very best to keep a little pleasant "hearth" (even if it is just a small heater) for the happiness and rest of our families.
From the Archives:
How the children will remember their Mother - Echoes from the Kitchen.
When You are Overwhelmed - Prayers Which Cannot Be Uttered.
Only a Little work needed - The Basics of Lovely Housekeeping.
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