This week we not only visited the Stowe Botanical Gardens, but we also visited Latta plantation. It was built in the early 1800’s in the “Federal style” and it is amazing to me that it still stands today. It is very narrow with two stories, viewed from the front.
Viewed from the side, it is long and our tour guide pointed out that all the windows line up exactly, top to bottom, and on each side of the home.
Pictures were not allowed inside the house, but they allow pictures of the grounds and surrounding buildings. It is so interesting to see how people lived so long ago. Their values are evident in their homes. The work required for each person to live is so different from today.
Today… we have careers, social media, blogs, TVs, appliances… and the list goes on. These things help us do our work, provide our food and give us a social outlet.
Then… they had each other, slaves, neighbors, animals, and gardens to provide for them. Their social outlet was talking face to face. Inside the house, there was a parlor, for the owner’s business dealings and company only, a dining room, weaving room, and the bedrooms and attic. The dining room was used for the evening family time. After the meal at the table, they hung around, talking to each other and stayed in this room until it was time for bed.
How many families today spend that much time in one room, together. Our tour guide said it was considered rude to go to your room to do your own thing until it was time for bed.
When our children were small, I used to try to have sitdown family meals and encourage our children to talk to us. Our son thought it was punishment. 🙂
Following are pictures of a slower way of life, where people lived from the earth and enjoyed the nature and beauty of land, animals, and a close-knit family.
It was fun to go back into the past and see how people once lived. I am constantly on the look-out for ways to improve my family’s life today. I love to study how people lived a long time ago, how the Amish live today, and I love to read how the French sit down to their meals, take their time, and actually talk.
Last night I tried to implement a sit down meal, decorate the table, light candles and talk about hopes, dreams, and daily things with our daughter, son-in-law and grand baby.
Our sweet grand baby was teething and miserable, our children were tired, and I couldn’t think of anything to talk about. Sigh!
Tonight I am planning to do it again with our son and his wife. Will the cares and busyness of life make us too tired to enjoy each other?
The main thing I know is that we all love each other enough to try, no matter how tired, how much our teeth hurt… we will always try. That’s what it’s all about!
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being moved and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19 (KJV)
Have a great weekend with your family!