Thursday, February 11, 2010

Suppertime in a Rural Home

"Home For the Holidays" by Todd Williams


It is getting dark. The day is almost over. Mama is wearing her apron and cooking in the kitchen. She's smiling and happy and humming a tune, while she leans over the stove.

The children come in from their play. They are cold and excited and talking about all the snowmen they created. Such sweet smiles on their faces! Their eyes light up when they enter the warm house. They put away their coats and settle down to wait for supper.

Daddy walks in after a hard day at work. He is tired. But all his troubles seem to melt away when he enters the inviting rural home.

Some of the children help Mama set the table. They lay out plates and silverware, cups and napkins. Another child comes over to pour drinks. The table looks inviting.

Mama brings out platters of food. She serves fresh warm bread, butter, stew and salad. The children are hungry and excited to enjoy a nice meal with the family.

They sit around the table. Dad says the prayer. Everyone is thankful and smiling. If you are walking by, on that cold winter night, and you happen to see them through the window, you will see laughter and smiles. You will see a happy family eating their supper and full of love and gratefulness.

Mama cleans up while the children run off to play. They are getting their baths and will soon hear a bedtime story. Mama is humming while she washes dishes and polishes the table. Life inside that home is peaceful and joyous. The outside cares and troubles fade away, when it's suppertime in the old rural house.

Mrs. White

This old song, "Come Home - It's Suppertime" is a foreshadow of the call to Heaven.


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Wendy said...

OOOhhhh....I want to live there!! :) We do live in a rural area, but alas, we almost never get snow!! Also, lately my children seem to bicker and fight over dinner so that my poor hubby wishes he were back at work! That means that I need to work on some child training--I've been too lazy lately and have let them fall back into some bad habits! I am thankful that the Lord loves us all anyway, and that I don't have to depend on my own strength to "get the job done." Thanks so much for your post this morning. It was just what I needed. :)

Wendy (from the Crew)

Fiona said...

Thank you for this wonderful post, and the nice music. Gives you something to think about. Happily married 23 years with 4 precious children, living in a desert land. We are heading home God willing, for a wintertime visit this year. My youngest child has never even seen snow!
Family life and values are terribly important, and I want to say that your site inspires and encourages me.
God bless.

Karen Andreola said...

I remember hearing about a study that was done to discover what children had in common who had all done exceptionally well on the S.A.T. The young people were from across the USA, had different ethnic backgrounds, different faiths and financial situations. What they did have in common was that they enjoyed at least one unhurried meal around the table with their parents/family every day.
This came to mind when I read your peaceful post on suppertime.
Karen A.

Anonymous said...

Oh my! When I pushed play to hear that song "Suppertime" I truly was taken back in time to my days as a child and my mother singing that! I have a mom sized hole in my heart as she has already passed! I often thank the good Lord for having her as my mom and that she taught me how to cook economically! When I had 4 boys to raise in their teen years it was helpful to know how her mom had managed to feed my 3 Great Uncles during the depression years!