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BY J. R. MILLER


HOME life should be happy. Yet it
requires thought, care and effort,
to make it so. We sometimes for-
get that love's lessons have to be
learned. We think they should come natu-
rally, and so perhaps they should. But the
fact is that it takes a great deal of self-re-
straint, of patience, of thoughtfulness, to
learn and live out the lesson of love. There
are hundreds of homes in which there is love
and where great sacrifices are cheerfully
made; and yet hearts are starving there for
love's daily bread.
BY J. R. MILLER


HOME life should be happy. Yet it
requires thought, care and effort,
to make it so. We sometimes for-
get that love's lessons have to be
learned. We think they should come natu-
rally, and so perhaps they should. But the
fact is that it takes a great deal of self-re-
straint, of patience, of thoughtfulness, to
learn and live out the lesson of love. There
are hundreds of homes in which there is love
and where great sacrifices are cheerfully
made; and yet hearts are starving there for
love's daily bread.

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LOVE AT HOMEBY J. R. MILLER HOME life should be happy. Yet itrequires thought, care and effort,to make it so. We sometimes for-get that love's lessons have to belearned. We think they should come natu-rally, and so perhaps they should. But thefact is that it takes a great deal of self-re-straint, of patience, of thoughtfulness, tolearn and live out the lesson of love. Thereare hundreds of homes in which there is loveand where great sacrifices are cheerfullymade; and yet hearts are starving there forlove's daily bread. There is a tendency intoo many homes to smother all of life's tender-ness, to suppress it, to choke it back. Thereare homes where expressions of affection arealmost unknown. There are husbands andwives between whom love's converse has set-tled into the baldest conventionalities. There[167]Cfjmga tfjat Qfrtbureare parents who never kiss their children afterthey are babies, and who discourage in them,as they grow up, all longings for caresses andmarks of affection.Mary Lowe Dickinson tells this story: Alittle child of eight was very ill and thoughtto be dying. In after years all memory of the
 
suffering faded, but she said: "I owe to thatsickness the knowledge that my mother lovedme, for she kissed me again and again whenno one else was there. That memory was themost precious treasure that I carried on intomy womanhood, for until the night before Iwas married I do not remember that she everkissed me again. When she was old, I askedher why she never caressed or petted us aschildren, and she said, 'I thought it wouldprevent your being self-reliant. I knew Icould not always be with you, and I did notwant you to be dependent on my presence. 5 "There is very much more of this lack of tenderness in homes than most people imagine.There are many homes in which the life goeson day after day, week after week, in the[168]Uearmng tfte ILtsKdn* of Hotoedreariest and coldest routine. Many childrenare cheated out of the expression of love inthe days when affectionateness would mean somuch to them. "Many timid girls and boyshave grown almost to maturity believing thatnobody ever loved them, because nobody hasever told them so."There are chilled homes which could bewarmed into love's richest glow in a littlewhile if only all the hearts in the householdwere to become affectionate in expression.
 
Does the busy husband think that his wearywife would not care any longer for thecaresses and marks of tenderness with whichhe used to thrill her heart? Let him returnagain, but for a month, to his old-time fond-ness, and then ask her if these youthfulamenities are distasteful to her. Do parentsreally think that their grown-up children aretoo big to be petted, to be kissed at meetingand parting? Let them restore again for atime something of the affectionateness of theearly childhood days, and see if there is not agreat secret of happiness in it. Many who[169]CJnttg;* tfjat Cntroreare longing for richer home gladness needonly to pray for a springtime of love withtenderness that is not afraid of affectionateexpression."Comfort one another;With the hand clasp close and tender,With the sweetness love can render,And looks of friendly eyes.Do not wait with grace unspokenWhile life's daily bread is broken:Gentle speech is oft like manna fromthe skies."We need never be afraid to speak our loveat home, however careful we have to be out-side, lest we foolishly seem to carry our heart

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