Spreading Good News (Post 563 – The Calm)

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Both of these awards are for a blog or post that is positive and brings light into the world.

I started this “Good News” blog in July 2010 because I was tired of and disgusted by all the negative news and information.  I wanted to give people positive news and information.  I’m having a great time looking for, receiving, and posting these pieces!  Stay tuned!!

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The Calm

by Joyce Fields

The Jones Kids 1956

As a child growing up in the late-1940′s and early 1950′s, what I remember most about our house was the calm.  Not an easy feat for a household of nine people and a Doberman puppy!  But Mama and Daddy were calm souls, and they passed that very valuable trait on to all seven of their children.

To this very day, my four brothers and two sisters and I (I’m the oldest) all talk about how very grateful we are for the way we were raised!

How did Mama and Daddy create this calm?

Well, neither of them ever said a word about how they did it.  It was simply their philosophy for the way they lived.  I guess it was like breathing for them–you don’t think about the fact that you’re constantly inhaling and exhaling.  You just do.

I don’t remember either of them yelling or screaming.  Imagine that.  Seven kids and no yelling or screaming!  We kids knew what we were supposed to do and what we were not supposed to do, and we did it or didn’t do it.

Maybe it was our desire not to get a “whippin’.”

Mama and Daddy both believed in using the belt on our butts!  But it was always the last resort and not in an abusive manner.  It did what it was supposed to do—change your behavior!

From birth to 18 years of age, I received no more than five “whippin’s.”  And, to be honest, I only remember getting one.  I was about six or seven years old, and my oldest brother and I were going at it.  I don’t recall if we were fighting (I doubt it) or arguing.  Anyway, I deliberately stuck him with a pencil.  He told on me, and I “got it.”  Never did THAT again!

For the most part, we wanted Mama and Daddy to be proud of us, and we acted accordingly.  They set the pattern for calmness for us, and we followed.

We kids had our disagreements, but I don’t recall any of us actually “brawling” with each other.  THAT was never allowed.

We were too busy being responsible and having fun.

All the kids took turns washing the dishes, sweeping the floors.  The boys were responsible for taking out the garbage and tending to the coal-burning furnace.  The girls had to help Mama with the ironing.

The Jones Kids 1981

We were fortunate enough to have a television.  We took turns with that, too.  The girls’ choice one day; the boys’ the next.  Mama watched her soaps (they were called “stories” back then); Daddy watched the news and baseball.

Always calm.

NOTE:  I detail how we were raised in my first book, Line of Serenity.  It covers the years 1944 through 1977.  (Good food has always been—and continues to be—a big part of our family tradition, and Line of Serenity includes 21 of my recipes.)  Go to www.GoodShortBooks.com.


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~ Joyce Fields



Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

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http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of 10 books (mostly non-fiction)--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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10 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 563 – The Calm)

  1. Sandra says:

    We could all take a lesson from this piece. Rants and raves do little to rectify a situation. Love the throwback pictures

  2. Nita says:

    Yes, it was extremely calm. Good times, wonderful memories. God bless George and Rosa!

  3. living4bliss says:

    What a great post.

    You had a wonderful childhood and very special parents.

    Funny, I remember the threat of the belt but I don’t actually remember getting the belt. Like you, we were not allowed to fight and cause confusion and we just didn’t.

  4. Definitely, what a splendid blog and instructive posts, I will bookmark your website.All the Best!

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