Brendan and I are visiting with our son Aaron and family. Marta, our daughter in law has just had a new baby boy! A new baby causes a big adjustment in any family. Mum isn’t just as available as before to see to the other children or see to her housework. She is busy feeding her baby and coping with the after shock of giving birth. All the change in the family helps the other children grow up. Another step to maturity. Help is needed to wash clothes, dishes, shopping and cooking. Aaron and Marta will get through this phase. We can encourage them because we have survived child rearing to tell the tale.
Another fulfillment of the promise from Psalm 128 v 6, “You shall see your children’s children.”
To help after dinner Brendan and I washed the dishes. This brought back memories of the small kitchen in our first home. There was no room for two people to stand at the sink. The kitchen was the coldest part of the house. I didn’t want to stay there too long after dinner. No making wishes over dishes in the sink!
Brendan did some improvement to shelves and cupboards. Dishwashers were not common in any household then. My wish over dishes was to have a dishwasher. I bought a second hand machine for fifty pounds! It was a good buy at the time. The children cheered. No more standing in the cold kitchen washing dishes by hand.
We have always lived in older houses. The kitchen always needed updated in each one. Modern houses come with inbuilt washing machines, cookers, sinks and work tops. The big bedrooms and big living rooms in the older houses compensated for the small kitchens. The dishwasher has continued to be an important item in my kitchen. It serves a great purpose for any housewife.