(Painting from Susan Rios)
Good Morning, Dear Ladies,
Awhile back when I had taken to my bed, my little nurse brought me this tray with a teacup I had retired because it had a chip in it. She remembered some fabric with the very same print. The fabric is still sold in fabric stores, and as far as I can recall, I got the teacup way back in the 1990's. It isn't an antique, and seems to be stoneware, (I don't care for stoneware because it is so heavy and makes an unpleasant noise when stacking dishes) but the teacup was too pretty to abandon entirely.
It is interesting to me how some children perceive the care of the sick: a tray with food and a get-well card is medicine to them. The get well card somehow contains an active ingredient that makes the sick person get well. When someone in the family is sick, this young lady makes a get-well card right away, as an emergency remedy. A birthday card makes you happy, and other cards are supposed to have the applicable solution to whatever the recipient needs. I never thought of a get-well card being able to get someone well, but this young lady thinks it does.
Lately I have been thinking about how opposite the homemaker is from the rest of the world and how she actively pursues peace in her life and in her home. The act of housekeeping itself brings peace, as there is peace when there is order and cleanliness. When I looked up the 1828 definition of the word "pursue" I found it meant a lot more than just chasing after something. To pursue seems to indicate going after something with the intention of capturing it. Would not it be wonderful to capture peace in your home?
Perhaps the act of speaking with civility is one of the most effective ways of pursuing peace in the home: please, thank you and pardon me, soften the edges of daily life.
Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Much more can be said about the above verse. Perhaps the second part, "things that may edify another" could be discussed in your home or in a ladies class.
I noticed a new book by Janette Oke and I was attracted to the blouse on the cover because I used to own a pattern for it. I think it was called the Armistice Blouse, from Folkwear. The blouse I made in the 1980's was soft linen and I wore it out I really must sort through my patterns and see if I can find it. I hope I still have it. Is not it a nice thing that these historical fashions tie many generations of ladies together in like minds? Ladies of all ages, young and old, can wear and appreciate this blouse. One thing I liked about the Victorian era clothing is that there was not a lot of difference between the clothing of your grandmother and your daughter. In other words, there was no youth culture type of teenage clothing. Girls longed to wear grown-up dresses like their mothers.
Below: Pattern #210 from Folkwear.
Below is a drawing from a historical book, showing how the dresses were supposed to be longer as you got older! Little girls dresses were short enou to allow them to run and play, and older girls were expected to walk gracefully enough to wear a longer skirt.