The Bronnenberg's had TWELVE children. As I walk through an old house such as this, I try to imagine myself back in those days. Caring and providing for such a large family would be quite a task, but at the same time, there would have been many hands to help each other. I can visualize such a group around the dining room table, and almost hear the laughter that must have filled a house with so many youngsters.
So many things have changed since those days. As I noted yesterday, change has been a double-edged sword, in my opinion. Not too many families sit around the dinner table on a regular basis anymore, and even if they do, it's likely someone's texting at the same time. I think people back then had even MORE to do in a given day than we do in present times, yet folks tend to eat fast food or microwave something in lieu of regularly preparing tasty fare at home.
Things that used to provide entertainment are probably a foreign notion to most people these days. A game of croquet? OUTSIDE?? With each other? I don't have much room to speak as I know I'd be absolutely lost without my laptop, but it seems to me that all this technology has created a society that's lost the ability (or maybe the inclination) to interact one on one. I wish we'd all give ourselves the gift of slowing down once in a while.
Instead of popping a video game or movie in, how about playing a board game or making s'mores around a firepit in the backyard. Take a walk or go hiking. Join a club or volunteer somewhere as a family.
|This is the master bed & not only was the mattress lop-sided, but sharing with another person would prove challenging!|