Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs. –Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books thrilled me as a child, and I still enjoy reading them today. A simpler time, a loving family and people who demonstrate Christian morals–work, diligence and obedience.

Once upon a time women wore long dresses and weren’t aloud to show their ankles. Once upon a time men stood up when a lady entered or left a room. Once upon a time men opened car doors for women, pulled out chairs and held doors for them and helped them on and off with their coats. Men viewed women a bit like a flower– beautiful, delicate, and in need of protection–someone to be respected, cherished and loved.

Before I go any further I want to clarify that there are many men who still do these things for women, however, culture has changed and most of these habits have fallen by the wayside.

DSCN5617aIn today’s world nearly everything is permissible with the exception of robbery and murder. Our culture has adopted the view that if it feels good it’s within our rights to do it. Modesty is out and skimpy is in; accidents (mistakes) are out and lawyers are in; courtesy/manners/simple human kindness are out and ones rights are in–self-centeredness.

But not everything is beneficial or constructive. I wonder are we reaping the fruits of everything is permissible?

Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24. When we go our own way, do our own thing without thought to how it effects others are the consequences beneficial or constructive? Do our actions help or harm others? What effect does scantily clad women and men have on our teenagers? How does sexuality, violence, and murder on the big-screen effect our children?

Perhaps once upon a time seems dated. But what women doesn’t want to feel loved and cherished by her husband? What man doesn’t want his wife to be a lady? Who doesn’t want their children to grow up in a world where they are protected and allowed to be a child–void of constant nudity, sexuality, violence, vulgarness and murder?

I wouldn’t mind going back to once upon a time. How about you? If you have time drop me a comment about how you would feel about going back to a simpler time.

Blessings, Kasey  

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10 thoughts on “Once Upon A Time

  1. Kasey, I found you over at Graced Simplicity and hoped over here. I enjoyed reading your post. I didn’t read the Little House books as a child but read them to my children and they read and read and read them. I agree that me don’t generally cherish women anymore or open car doors for them nor stand when they walk into the room or pull out a chair for them to sit. I remember when me did treat their wives and women that way but not anymore. This is a thought provoking post. You’ve got me thinking and wishing it were still like that.

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    • Judith, I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way. I believe women have lost a lot even though many feel they have gained. Measuring up to today’s standards seems to be making women act less and less like a lady–which I believe makes it more difficult for men to treat women with respect. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Blessings to you, Kasey

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  2. Love this! I would love to live in a simpler time. There is a lot to be said for modesty, manners, and chivalry. I think society is becoming more and more “me” focused, so much so that simple manners and respect seem to be becoming a thing of the past. I also love the picture in this post. My home. My bridge. It made me smile. 🙂

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    • Sarah, It’s exciting to find out you in live in Charleston. My husband and I spent a few days in Charleston for our 20th wedding anniversary in December 2013. I just loved visiting. So beautiful and live with history. We had a terrific time. I enjoyed reading your thoughts–I agree. Grace and peace, Kasey

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  3. Ah, Kasey girl… I LOVED the Little House on the Prairies series when I was younger. (Makes me want to read them all over again.) And yes, sometimes I want to go back to once upon a time… But if I did that, then I might never have “met” you (love the technology, but not the immorality and junk that comes with it)

    Thanks for these wonderful words! And appreciate your participation in #EverydayJesus. Bless you, sister 🙂

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    • Sharita, Yes…it’s true technology can be used for good, however, I still miss the days when people weren’t constantly connected to an electronic device. My youngest is reading Little House In The Big Woods to me–its great to be sharing the book with her. So nice to meet you too!!!!!!! Have a blessed day, Kasey

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    • I often long for a simpler time…when people weren’t continuously connected to a handheld device. My youngest is reading Little House in the Big Woods to me. It’s great to share the books I loved as a child with my daughter. Blessings to you and yours, Kasey

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