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FROM THE MANSE

Words of Encouragement from the Manse

Back to Previous Page Sometimes, Mum would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.) Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them.  Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not from us, our friends or any visitors  Our long time visitor, however,  got away with four-letter words that burned my  ears and made my dad squirm and my mother  blush.  My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol, but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis.  He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex.  His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... And NEVER asked to leave. More than fifty- years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him, talk and watch him draw his pictures.  His name? We just call him 'TV.' (Note:  This should be required reading for every household!) He has a wife now.... we call her ‘Computer.'  Their first child is "Cell Phone". Second child "video games" By the way, they now have a wonderful grand child She is a genius! She is fondly called "WhatsApp"... She is nearly more popular than her mum Her older cousin is “Facebook" and new baby cousins are "Snapchat, Instagram, Viber and Imo and Netflix the powerful of all the cousins” This Stranger and members of its family appear to have taken up permanent residence in our homes and we seem powerless to check their excesses! Heaven helps us, as more are yet to come to our world. Will these trends be good or bad to our close knitted family or separate us for good? Your guess may be good as mine! Thank you. God bless. George Quarm. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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FROM THE MANSE

Words of Encouragement from

the Manse

Back to Previous Page Sometimes, Mum would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.) Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them.  Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not from us, our friends or any visitors  Our long time visitor, however,  got away with four- letter words that burned my  ears and made my dad squirm and my mother  blush.  My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol, but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis.  He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex.  His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... And NEVER asked to leave. More than fifty- years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him, talk and watch him draw his pictures.  His name? We just call him 'TV.' (Note:  This should be required reading for every household!) He has a wife now.... we call her ‘Computer.'  Their first child is "Cell Phone". Second child "video games" By the way, they now have a wonderful grand child She is a genius! She is fondly called "WhatsApp"... She is nearly more popular than her mum Her older cousin is “Facebook" and new baby cousins are "Snapchat, Instagram, Viber and Imo and Netflix the powerful of all the cousins” This Stranger and members of its family appear to have taken up permanent residence in our homes and we seem powerless to check their excesses! Heaven helps us, as more are yet to come to our world. Will these trends be good or bad to our close knitted family or separate us for good? Your guess may be good as mine! Thank you. God bless. George Quarm. _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _______________
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