While Chris was gone for two weeks, I went on a total Jane Austen binge. I watched Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility (the mini-series), and Pride and Prejudice. I re-read Persuasion and am now working on Sense and Sensibility. I’ve even read a couple of essays on her works! Although, sometimes I think the essayists miss the point. I mean, how do you really know what she intended in her writing when she’s been dead for almost two hundred years? Anyway, I was thinking about packing up the fam and moving to a sprawling manner house set amongst the lush green fields and forests of England. I was also thinking of instituting a wardrobe change in the Regency style of clothing. I think my boys would look pretty cute in breeches! 🙂 We could learn to ride horses, take long walks through the countryside, sit around the parlor and play cards, and throw down some pretty cool moves on the ballroom floor!
And then, as it will do, reality set in. I realized that the reality of my Austenality would not be a sprawling manner house, but a small smoky cottage with a moldy thatched roof. Instead of living it up in early 1800’s splendor, I would be bending down scrubbing floors and disposing of the “toilet water”. My children would be digging in fields and my husband would be bringing home squirrels for dinner. Yeah, maybe not really the life for me. Thank goodness God knows what he’s doing! “And who knows but that you were put here for such a time as this?” (Mordecai to Esther, trying to get her to appeal to the king) I think I’ll stick with this present age.
Embrace your reality–God put you here for a reason!!
Blessings and Peace,