ID005 – The Woman who laughs

Monday, 2 October 2006

Dear Girls,

The Woman who laughs

Here is a charming excerpt from an old magazine called The Family Friend published in 1888:

For a good, everyday household angel, give us the woman who laughs. Her biscuits may not be always just right, and she may occasionally burn her bread and forget to replace dislocated buttons, but for solid comfort all day and every day she is a very paragon. Home is not a battlefield, nor life one long unending row. The trick of always seeing the bright side, or, if the matter has no bright side, of shining up the dark one, is a very important faculty; one of the things no woman should be without. We are not all born with the sunshine in our hearts, as the Irish prettily phrase it, but we can cultivate a cheerful sense of humour if we only try.

For the Greater Glory of God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

Genevieve Smith

Issacharian Daughter