|from Elsa Beskow's Around the Year|
"We must make it our purpose to bring Beauty to places where it is not."
- Charlotte Mason (4.55)
Since our book discussion group talked about this section last week, this thought has been on my mind. How does this apply to me in my home? Ms. Mason talks in this short but rich section about when we shun the family, friends, and circumstances that God has given us and seek to only surround ourselves with like-minded people and refuse to enter places that are messy and ugly, we miss the point of Beauty. Beware of the demon of exclusiveness.
As a parent and teacher, it is helpful for me to keep these ideas in the forefront of my thinking whether we are making handcrafts (who can I give this to?), performing Shakespeare (what neighbor can I invite?), reading history (are there any veterans I can talk to?), picture study (who else might appreciate this?) or learning an instrument (can I share this with others?).
And again, we see that it comes back to community and relationships which is one of the reasons we call this a relational education. It really came to life to me today at the home we visited.
"For happiness comes of effort, service, wide interests, and, last and least, of enjoyment; and when people put enjoyment, even of beautiful things, in the first place (and indeed in place of all else), they miss the very thing they seek, and become enfeebled in body and fretful and discontented in temper." -Mason, 4.55