Cindy is hosting a Book Club discussing The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. Please join us!
Chapter 2 is an extension of Chapter 1, and a bit of a rebuke: do something!
We've been reading The Christian Almanac at the table in the evenings. This chapter reminds me of a recent quote from Chesterton in that book, "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly." As I looked up the quote to add it here, I found this lovely exposition of what Chesterton meant and think it ties in beautifully. It is for the amateur, generalist, and hobbiest.
Back to Schaeffer's gentle reminder. We should do something. See that which is not lovely and make it lovely. Her encouragement to start small and gently is good. Don't expect perfection or to be able to do everything ('cause you can't!), but stop turning a blind eye to the shelf of crafty stuff that's a disaster or the empty wall that needs a painting or the shelf of unopened cookbooks.
So, looking for beauty. We read about William Billings in the aforementioned Christian Almanac. When he mentioned Billings wrote the song that begins "Let tyrants shake their iron rods ..." it reminded me that I have a CD with that piece. Early American Choral Music vol 1 and vol 2 (it's on vol 2).
I need to do more of that.