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.
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.