It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Chapter 2, Page 5, Book 15

February 5th - Love vs. Obligation

A house is a house is a house until love comes through the door, that is. And love intuitively goes around sprinkling that special brand of angel dust that transforms a house into a very special home for very special people: your family. 

Money, of course, can build a charming house, but only love can furnish it with a feeling of home. 

Duty can pack an adequate sack lunch, but love may decide to tuck a little love note inside. 

Money can provide a television set, but love controls it and cares enough to say no and take the guff that comes with it. 

Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the covers in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs, even to teenagers!

Obligation can cook a meal, but love embellishes the table with a potted ivy trailing around slender candles. 

Duty writes many letters, but love tucks a joke or a picture or a fresh stick of gum inside. 

Compulsion keeps a sparkling house. But love and prayer stand a better chance of producing a happy family. 

Duty gets offended quickly if it isn't appreciated. But love learns to laugh a lot and to work for the sheer joy of doing it. 

Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often love will add a little chocolate.

Author Unknown

I didn’t always do my work for the sheer joy of doing it, but when it came to my family I can honestly say that is just what I did.

To be a wife, a mom and the keeper of the home was all I ever wanted to do and I loved that job.

Going off to the workplace outside of the home was the hard part for me.  I did it out of love for my family, but it was a choice I wished over and over again that I didn’t have to make.

They say that everything happens for a reason though and if I’d not gone back to work when I did, I wouldn’t have had the experience that I needed,  that eventually led to a job to support my family and pay the bills.

I’m thankful that I was able to do that and thankful too that I finally got to retire and return to being a full time keeper of the home once more.  Not that there is a family here anymore, but when they come I welcome them with open arms.  

Author Unknown 

Sometimes things that last forever, take forever

Garth Brooks



Like the Garth Brookes quote. But I really like the poem at the beginning of your post. My favorite line in it, "Money, of course, can build a charming house, but only love can furnish it."

betty said...

I liked that duty versus love; that is something to think about in the actions we do to add a bit of love to things we need to do around the house, etc. There are always ways to find love in the things we do.


Elizabeth said...

Love this post !

jack69 said...

Okay sweetheart, I am still smiling at the last line of the poem:

Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often love will add a little chocolate.

Yeah you are right, I do think all things work together for good. The philosophy has always worked for us.

Love from a rainy Florida, but we still got to walk a couple miles.