Do you remember the days when entertainment centered around people?
You invited people to your home, fellow-shipping and singing around the piano In the days
before my time, before radio and TV, we entertained ourselves. I love
to read books by authors Jane Austen
and Maud Montgomery and glimpse into times
past when an evening of entertainment consisted of a skit, or a play or
someone filling an evening by playing the piano or singing an aria. Since the days of
electronics, we have even lost the art of correspondence of letter
We now correspond instantly around the world, where it used to take weeks, sometimes months to hear from people in other states and countries. Now we text the person sitting across from us at the dinner table.
We have forgotten how to entertain ourselves. Perfection has
wedged its way into our thinking.
It's a lost gift. During the
days ahead, when family and friends gather around to celebrate the
upcoming Christmas season, I hope the spark of fellowship and enjoyment will help us to remember how to entertain ourselves and relish time with others.
My home has always been filled with the aroma of printed paper. Ever since I was a young child, a book was a friend who would go with me and fill my life with entertainment. Books capture my imagination and take me to places I will never visit. I relish entering into the lives of characters who often defy odds.
When we travel, I make it a habit of searching out places where older books are sold. I found a half price book store in Minnesota, and there's always a wide variety of books at the Goodwill or Hospice thrift stores. Have I found treasures? Yes, I often find out of print books or by some of my favorite authors.
One thing has perked a question in my mind. With all of the ebooks on Kindle and other hand held devices, what is happening to the printed word? Will we still go to the library or book store to acquire a solid, page turning book? Maybe one day books will become obsolete, but for now I think not. I recently went into two thrift stores, and is my habit, went to the book section. As I stood there, head leaning to the right searching out titles, the whole section filled with people. It becomes a bit of a treasure hunt, mostly because the books are not sectioned. But oh the fun and thrill of finding that one special prize. A title, or an author that will take me away to places where my imagination will fill in the gaps.
Let's not lose the love of books. I've passed that love on to my children. And I hope they will pass it on to the next generation.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands ~ Psalm 19:1
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