Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Whatever Happened to Gracious Living? – Part 1

by Lois Jamieson
I am of the generation of gracious living. To my dismay, I don’t see a lot of it now. The answer to my question is, “I just don’t have the time,” or “No-one cares about it now.”  or “What exactly is gracious living?”  This is the first of three posts I will be writing. Perhaps by the end of the third one you’ll have the answer.
Gracious living is not that difficult, nor does it necessarily have to take a lot of time.
Let’s begin with how you set the table, for say, an evening meal.  Start with using real cloth napkins. Today, almost all napkins are wrinkle-free and need no ironing. You have to do laundry anyway, so why not drop in a few napkins. Think about all that paper you are saving!  Never ever use a scrap of paper towel for a napkin. That’s a big etiquette boo-boo!
If you are lucky enough to have everyday, dishes and some fine china (probably a wedding gift), try, at least once a week, to surprise everyone with dinner on a beautiful plate. Maybe you have inherited Grandma’s antique pieces. Don’t hide them away. Use the pieces every day. Don’t like to polish silver? Delegate the job to one of your children. Kids usually like to do stuff like that.
You might even find that the family will want to stay at the table a little longer.
There is a bonus to adding graciousness to your everyday life. You are passing on a nice legacy to your children.
Don't miss tomorrow's post! - Another Inspirational Story about Kids Without Stuff.