Many fellow bloggers have been posting the last of their holiday photos and writing about the start of the new school term. It’s been interesting reading about the fun families have had and I’m glad quilty bloggers with young (and not so young!) families seemed to have unanimously made the conscious decision to put designing, stitching and writing on the back burner in favour of time spent with families – rather than dealing with that horrible, guilt ridden conflict of dividing attention in too many directions.
We often remark on the busyness of modern living and forget it’s nothing new! I read a thought-provoking article written in 1928 by a 60 year old Laura Ingalls Wilder for her local newspaper. In it she writes of the tug of childhood memories and the influence through the years that her parents example had continued to provide. Laura gently steers modern parents in increasingly busy times to avoid underestimating the value of spending time with their children knowing that children learn by example.
Across the years, the old home and its love called to me and memories of sweet words of counsel came flooding back. I realized that all my life the teachings of those early days have influenced me and the example set by father and mother has been something I have tried to follow, with failures here and there, with rebellion at times, but always coming back to it as the compass needle to the star… So much depends upon the homemakers. I sometimes wonder if they are so busy now, with other things, that they are forgetting the importance of this special work… Because of their importance, we must not neglect our homes in the changes of the present day. For when tests of character come in later years, strength to the good will not come from the modern improvements or amusements few may have enjoyed, but from the quiet moments and ‘still small voices’ of the old home… Nothing ever can take the place of this early home influence and, as it does not depend upon externals, it may be the possession of the poor as well as the rich, a heritage from all fathers and mothers to their children.
Oh! My! I hope if my grown children read this they will have memory of enough good examples from their parents to forgive the lapses and inattention of which I at least have been guilty.