Grace Patterson WI Tweedsmuir Community History, Volume 1 Section 1, p. 25

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Aorroeer ed Leg Araeig Axl p La ot ho en Cocintoy (- Gn nar Hobbies In The Home Seeing that this essay is not called "The Rural House" but "The Rural Home," I should like to talk a little more about the inhabitants. Besides furniture and labor-saving devices two little boys have been added to our home. They are in no way labor-saving, but all the same of very great value to us. Tommy is now three and a half years old and the baby, Johnny, just six months. Being still very much at the "building-up the farm" stage, we have little time for hob- bies. But at the head of that list is undoubtedly reading, for my husband and 'myself and apparently Tommy is going to walk in our | footsteps. Sunday afternoons are pretty quiet around here. We are both reading, and Tom- my is busy looking through his books and our magazines. Also his bedtime stories form an important part of the day for him; he never minds leaving his play outdoors to come in | for his bedtime stories. : | | Besides reading, my husband has another hobby, the farm, which isn't just work for him, but I am sure his hobby too. As for my- self I like knitting, and painting, but haven't done any of the latter for a long time. It will have to wait till the children are older. Other diversions include good shows and radio plays, neither of which seem too frequent, and whether this is just a hobby or a dream, I love to travel and hope, in the future, we can take some time off for it and see how other people live. I have travelled enough to want to see much more, although a lot of that travelling ° was wandering, Travelling is much better, for we know there is a home waiting for us where we can rest and think of our experignces, a home to take us in when we get tired and to be familiar when there has been a lot of strangeness. That is the way I feel about this new, and in a happy sense, old home of ours. A rural home is so much more "home" in its true sense than a city apartment and I hope the children will always feel this way too, . that the home-place means a place of peace and rest, where they can think, and solve the problems and conflicts which they undoubtedly | will have to face For there is no place like home. . . A. F. Patience Fog "No. 3, Thamesford, Ont. ! A Place For Family Living Our rural home has proved a joy to the whole family, for we have worked together to bring in the harvest, then had time to have recreation together, maybe even to phone the neighbours to join in the game. We have been; able to have the children with us more con-' stantly than is usual in the city as we go about the daily round we can teach them delight in simple things. How privileged we are to look from our kitchen window to the row of maples along our neighbour's lane and the hills beyond! What a delight to study the birds by watching another robin in her nest outside our bathroom window! We may not be able to leave our family much of this world's goods, but we sincerely pray that this rural home may mean the opportunity to learn good work habits, sound| moral character and a chance to pursue school | education as far as their ability will take them. When we moved here from the city one who had been living here wished us God's blessing in this rural home and I'm sure we have been blessed. Mrs. George W. Wood, RR No. 2, Thamesford, Ont. -

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