Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Every now and then, Mister takes me for a ride in our new car. It is a previously owned Cadillac with white leather seats. He bought it last month. It is the first time I have had a car since I lost mine last summer. This one has a CD player and power windows. Messages display on the dashboard, suggesting I turn on the headlights. It even mentions possible road conditions. It is a clever car. The seats are so comfortable, and the car seems so elegant, that I only listen to Classical music while I am driving.
Even though I have driven it a few times myself, it is much more pleasant when Mister does the driving. It is more peaceful and relaxing.
On a cold, snowy evening, he will drive me to the gas station, or the store; Just to go for a ride. I bring a blanket and settle myself in the passenger seat. I am warm and comfortable. Grandfather says it is like I am Miss Daisy (from the movie "Driving Miss Daisy"). The blanket reminds me of riding in a horse-drawn wagon on a cold winter day. It is delightful.
These little trips are not errands. If they were, it would be more stressful. Going out with Mister is like a quiet time of togetherness. He might buy me a Pepsi, or a Hershey Bar at the gas station. These gifts are his way of showing he cares.
While the car may sound grand and expensive, it has some dents in the side and a few problems. That is what made it affordable for us. That is why we were able to buy it without going into debt. Sometimes we make the joke that we live in a world of dented elegance. Our Estate is majestic, but in need of repairs. Our cars may be lovely, but they are also damaged. We are happy with this because our life is affordable and classy. It is a frugally dignified life. We may go without for many months, but our patience and sacrifice reaps a reward. It is the way we are, here at The White House.
I have to tell you how much more I appreciate staying home these past 8 months. I was rarely able to go anywhere, without a ride from someone. I am so grateful for this blessing of a new car, but my outlook has dramatically changed. All the errands I used to do, all the events I used to drive the children to, are no longer considered "essential." I found something far better and more valuable. I found that the "dream" of really staying home was possible, even for those of we housewives who think we have to always go out. To really stay home, and to be focused on home for most of our time, is absolutely wonderful.
I am quieter. I am meeker. I am gentler. I am more cherished and taken care of by those around me. The humbleness of being "trapped" at home, has been a great gift and a lesson from the Lord. I am truly grateful.
From the Archives:
I have been ensconced at Home since Last June when I lost my car. - Rural Homemaking.
Please don't be one of these - Ex - Housewife.
I always want to be - The Mother Who Isn't Busy.
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.