|Library of Congress: 1941 Georgia family saying Grace|
The other night, I cleaned our kitchen and parlour before I went to sleep. I wanted it to look nice because that makes me happy. I want to reflect a little on this since it is the first day of the New Year.
No matter how tired I am, I try to make the effort of having the main rooms of the house put "to rights" before I rest. This often takes herculean courage and an incredible attitude of "with a will."
I am not young, nor am I old. But life has taken its toll on me. I get worn out incredibly easily. I do rest when I must, but I have to get back to the duties of homemaking to accomplish lovely things here for my family.
The lovely things of home, for me, are just keeping things simple and peaceful. It is peaceful to have homemade foods made on a daily basis. This keeps us nourished with wholesome food. It is peaceful to fluff pillows and straiten the couch cover in the parlour. I want the couch and chairs to look inviting so people can take the time of rest and refreshment here before getting back to their daily work.
I have grown children, a teenager, toddlers and babies here on a daily basis. They play, eat, run around, and enjoy home. They do not make "messes," they simply "live." I clean up as we go, or when they are finished. They are my helpers as we often do chores together. I feel blessed as I work as I am so grateful to have them all here. It is a privilege to be the wife, mother, and grandmother of a family.
Sometimes, if I am terribly worn out, I will leave the crayons on the kitchen table. I will leave my tea cup there as well. I will leave the papers, and the cups from the children's juice. I will leave the chairs out from the morning activity. I am greatly amused when, later in the day, a little grandchild will come back to visit me, glance at the table, and looking worried, say, "Me`me didn't clean up the mess?" It is funny because he knows how much I love to clean and he thought something was wrong with his beloved grandmother! This sweet little comment gave me the energy to get it all tidied up with his help.
We cannot have perfectly spotless houses in showroom condition. Certainly not. But we can take the time, throughout the day, to be about the business of housekeeping. It takes work and effort and creativity to keep a home in order. It also takes a cheerful willingness to make home a peaceful, happy place to be.
The nice thing about being a good homemaker is we don't have to wait for a New Year to start. We can start fresh every morning.
From the Archives -
Frugality - Poor and Pretty Living.
Happy Marriage - When Groceries are the Presents.
A Wonderful Kind to be - The Mother who isn't Busy.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
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