Monday, June 11, 2012

Fire Place Scene



Today's picture is from 1935, and it shows a gentleman and his dog sitting by a nice fire in a fire place. The scene is inside an old Log Cabin. The picture was taken in North Carolina.

I find it interesting to study the picture and find small details that give clues to this man's life. First, I notice a square and plane on the wall, so this man was likely a carpenter or craftsman. Also, note the violin case on the floor . . . apparently he was a country musician as well. The clock on the mantle indicates to me that he was able to enjoy a few of the nice things in life.

DOMESTIC UPDATE:

I continue to enjoy my time in Africa. I had a great time visiting the school at the Mattaw Orphan Village. It was like stepping back in time over a hundred years. The really striking thing to me was not the lack of technology, it was not the dirt floor, and it was not the old fashioned chalk board . . . the striking thing to me was attitude. The children were delighted to be in school, they were eager to learn, and they completely realized the profound privilege, blessing and opportunity it was to be able to receive an education. The children were extremely polite and well mannered. There was no cutting up, no sassing the teacher, and no horse play. Some children were working in workbooks alone, and some were working in small groups. At the same time, the teachers were happy, motivated, and appreciative of their chance to teach and improve the opportunities for their students. After spending some  time with these children in school, I really wonder if they might not be receiving a superior education to that from a US public school, at about 1% of the cost. 



8 comments:

  1. Yes, and I also noticed that in the right corner of the cabin you cane see daylight between logs in more than one place where the chinking has shrunk and there is also a nice sized gap between the end or the top log and the log it butts up against.

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  2. Isn't it great that they realize that getting an education is privilage not a chore that the kids in the USA seem to think it is

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  3. Hooray for these kids -- and their teachers --- and their house parents. This is the first time I have seen a reference to a school there at Mattaw. Do they take the kids from "kindergarten" through 12 years? Is there a university "nearby" where they can continue their studies?

    I'm so glad you can be there for awhile, but your lovely wife must be "half fit to be tied" with her family so far away.

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  4. Rebecca2,
    They go from K-12. They have a first class curriculum and motivated teachers. The plan is that when the children graduate, they will come to the US for an American college education. They will then RETURN to Africa to be a new generation of leaders.

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  5. I love that school room enthusiasm, the self-motivation to learn, the delight. I wish it were so in the US today. Thanks for the update.

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  6. In regards to the fire place photo, one more clue -- the man is married. He's sittin' by the fire relaxing after his meal (see the full belly) while his wife cleans up the dishes. :)

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  7. You can tell he is married by that beat down, ready to die look about him.

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  8. I would say being married was good to him. At that time for him to have an occupation, a violin, tell what time it is and he has a close companion like his dog he is petting. Now, what if he were alive today with the economy the election, and Oh Needs to Go to Church.

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