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|Charles is unlike a modern father (long)
Written by Margaret 7
(9/26/2005 10:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In JA's own family..., penned by Maisy
in that he is at home ALL the time. One of the artificial separations that we have all come to accept as normal is the one that was introduced by the industrial revolution: the father who leaves for work and is gone all day. Children grow up not having a clue what Daddy does, so we have take your son/daughter to work day. The lives of the Musgroves revolve around their land, and the men are active in oversight of their property. The boys would have been in and out and up and down and around all this. They are a bit young to take on a shoot, but no doubt Charles will be taking them shooting as his father did with him. Fathers (and mothers who weren't of Mary's rank) went about their business, and the children were in their vicinity, learning by watching.
In our house, my husband, AND I, AND ALL our children are home all day long. The kids pop in and out of Daddy's office taking him their (good) school papers after I've graded them, and our oldest son (who has an affinity for such things) watches his dad programming and actually understands the code. We are an unusual household, but I can see how we don't deliberately do special parenting things with our kids because we are all living together all day long. I get a sense from this what it may have been like in days when families were less self-conscious about everybody's role, and where just living life together provided all the role-modeling anyone would have considered necessary.
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