Friday, January 31, 2014
There was a time, many years ago, when home was a quiet place of seclusion. It was a dream to have one's own home and to rest and be refreshed in that special place for family. In Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" there is a character in the story, who is firm and professional at work, but leaves his "heart at home." He does not talk about his home or his garden to co-workers. His personal life is left at the gate of his own estate, when he takes that long walk into the city each morning. Those at work, or out in the world, do not know about his happy home. It is a place of peace and gentleness.
Home used to be a little world of privacy and rest.
Today, the generation coming up has been exposed to reality programming, constant updates from friends and family about every aspect of their daily life in social media, and are free with pictures, stories, and anecdotes about what goes on in their own life. They not only view all of this, they contribute to it. There is no peace. There is no quiet. There is no time to recover from a tiring world that keeps us all on edge and "riled up."
Little ones, before they went to bed at night, had a gentle routine to get them ready for quiet and rest. They would have a bath and story. In the twilight hours, as the stars shone down through the windows, these little ones would say their prayers and get tucked into bed. They could fall asleep content and comfortable. No one was allowed to "rile" them up or get them overstimulated before bed. Bedtime was when the day had been wound down and all was quiet and well. This is just what home should be like for all of us. This is what a quiet little world used to be like when a weary soul went home to rest from his vocation in the "city." Home was like the "country;" It was that quiet place where one could "get away from it all."
Some live in apartments, mobile homes, cottages, or great mansions. But once the door of that royal home is closed; (for all homes can be like places where royalty resides) it should be a private place where paparazzi is not welcome; Even if that paparazzi are the residents of one's own home, releasing stories and photos that should be kept for their own family's happiness. We must try to learn from royal families and those in the public eye, that family deserves a private life. This helps bring peace and security.
Home should be a quiet, happy world where one can truly rest and recover from a loud and stressful world.
From the Archives:
Mother's Sweet Faith in Poverty - All of God's Children Have Shoes.
For the Happy Family - Lingering by the Hearth.
The Wisdom of Economy in the Kitchen - Basic Cookery.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email.