Thursday, June 9, 2016

OUR HOME CLUB: February 1906

                                               COUNTRY VERSES CITY HOMES

Since receiving a holiday visit from a sister who lives in the city, I am not at all inclined to envy city housekeepers. Here are some of the things, as I recall them, from which she suffers:

"Milk that tastes of the barn."

"Stale eggs, even at 25 and 30 cents a dozen."

"Surrounded by houses on every side so that one can't step out for a breath of fresh air without dressing for the street."

"No playgrounds for the children but a narrow lawn and the sidewalk."

"The nuisance of smoke that gets into the house nobody knows how, and casts a dark shade over everything."

"Awakened early in the morning by clanging street cars, rumbling wagons, newsboys and bells and whistles of every description," etc. etc.

Too offset, I reminded her of the many advantages she enjoyed, social, church, educational and recreative, but so much of all this comes to us in our good daily, weekly and monthly periodicals, that felt I would not for the world exchange our comfortable home in the pure air of the free wide country for hers in the city, though much more luxurious. And most she envied me my good health, which, with the children's help, enables me to enjoy doing my own housework. In poor health she is entirely dependent upon hired help, generally incompetent and not to be depended upon from one day to another, so that with frequent changes and lack of skill in her helpers, simply to superintend her work is a heavy burden and wearing nerve strain. O, the country home for me!---Happy Housewife

                                                       ATTENTION TO THE SICK

How many people living in the country think of, perhaps I ought not to say duty--but I don't know what other word to use--toward those who are sick in the neighborhood?

Until I had a long sickness myself I did not realize how greatly sick people really need and are helped to bear their affliction by the visits and little attentions of friendly neighbors. Even when one is too sick to see the callers it is a pleasure to know that they are interested and have been in to ask after the ailing one, and perhaps have left a glass of jelly, a frame of honey or maybe a potted plant in bloom. We should call upon or send to inquire after sick neighbors often, but not make too long a stay in the sick room. From five to twenty minutes is as long a visit as anyone who is really sick abed should receive. To stay longer only wearies one. But it cheers and helps the sick one greatly to know that neighbors are interested enough to run in or send in often to inquire after her welfare. Sometimes assistance is really needed, if not the care of the sick, then in baking of bread or a helping hand about the house for a day now and then will be greatly appreciated.---One Who Has Suffered