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Respect In The House: A Short Essay For My Kids Learning To Read

Updated on March 14, 2014

House Proper: Part I

We did not build or pay for this house; our grandparents weren't even alive yet when it was built. We enjoy the privilege of paying rent to inhabit this dwelling. We must respect this house, as it is old, and strive to create positive Karma and energy. The fixtures in this house-refrigerator, stove, washer and clothes dryer-are not ours and we appreciate the privilege of using them, properly.

The floors that we walk on are over 100 years old. Particularly in the bathroom, we must make sure to contain water because if we don’t, the floors will rot. We should walk lightly as to preserve these floors as they are the most important part of this structure. These walls have seen more light than all of us combined. We should be sure to take special care of these walls by not defacing them or destroying them in any way.

We need to preserve energy by turning off lights when not in use, restricting the amount of water we use, and not using fans, air conditioners, or the like, in excess. This will reduce our bills and will help in conserving the earth.

The basic and simplest point of life is Progress. Progress is the system of learning, improving, and moving forward. We cannot move forward unless we look to the future, but we can’t forget the past or we are doomed to repeat it. A combination of implementing new ideas, restructuring old ones, and coming up with relevant solutions to everyday problems is the source of progress. Without progress, we cannot continue to prosper.

Religion is to be respected. Everyone is entitled to their own personal beliefs as long as those beliefs promote love, peace, and harmony. We believe that God is the Creator of all and that we are selected by Him to come to this earth to represent Him in all that we do and all that we say.

We must at all times respect what our guests think and believe, as long as their thoughts are not evil or involve hurting or suppressing others. In the event that a visitor offends us, we will kindly try to redirect them, and if it is not possible to agree with their proposition, we will kindly ask them to leave and we will pray for them after their departure.

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      Giselle Maine 6 years ago

      An interesting and thoughtful philosophy about living in a house. You've explained it well enough that children can understand it, yet it also works equally well at an adult level. Nicely written.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank You, Giselle!

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Interesting hub and well written. Keep up your good work.

      Best Wishes,

      Kamalesh

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I appreciate that Kamalesh050! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

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      Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

      From mundane, you move towards subtle truths.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I try to mix things up, Binaya. I guess I am still searching for my "niche"! Thanks for another great comment!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You have raised very valuable points applicable to one and all. If we all follow common sense rules life would be so much more joyful.

      Nice useful hub

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello rajan jolly! I agree with you! If only common sense were more common! Thanks for leaving an insightful comment!

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Beautiful hub J.S. Matthew and well written. I say we can take your thoughts and philosophy a step further and substitute house for earth or this world we live in. Just like the house you are renting, we also enjoy the privilege of inhabiting the earth and must learn to respect it as well. That also includes your last point about respecting your guests and their beliefs, as we should be able to respect each other in this world we live in for the sake of peace and progress. For if we don't, we will one day have our great-grandchildren and so on cursing us for the mess we left behind for them to deal with and clean up.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello moiragallaga! What a great expansion of this article to include the earth as our house! Thanks for the insightful comment! Awesome point!

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      fidencio1 5 years ago from Louisiana

      I always enjoy reading your Hubs.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      fidencio1, I always appreciate your comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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      ladyauthor47 5 years ago from Texas

      JSMatthew: I enjoyed reading your essay about the house. As I was reading it I could swear that you were talking about my home. I live in a home that is over 100 years old. It is one of the oldest bulidings in town.

      I would like to print your essay and let my boys read it. They have damaged the walls and floors and my words don't seem to get through, maybe yours will. Thank you.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello again ladyauthor47! You are quite a busy commentor! That is cool that you can relate to the situation. My house was built around 1900. I appreciate you sharing this with your boys! I am glad that it can help reinforce something you have been trying to get across. My walls are damaged too because the kids tend to jump on the furniture and it makes the old horse hair walls crumble. My floors are hard-wood and are scuffed because of the chairs. That was why I wrote this in the first place! When they are older I will fix everything. Then my grand kids can start the process all over! Thanks for leaving another great comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      Really loved your article. And the poems are just beautiful! I wish you much happiness! I voted up! beautiful,useful, interesting, awesome! :)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks Jo! It's always good to hear from you! Did you get my last e-mail I sent you? Thanks for all the votes and for another awesome comment!

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      This is a very well written and poignant hub. Thanks!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello bizzymom! I am glad that you enjoyed this read! Thanks for stopping by!

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