“A goodly sight it is to see the grand old housekeeper (harder of hearing now) going to church on the arm of her son” Bleak House
I just loved this quote when I first read it. The background for it is that the son had been long-lost, having gone off and joined the army. He avoided going back home for nearly 20 years, thinking he was a disappointment to his family. After being reunited with his mother late in the book in quite a touching moment, he goes back to Chesney Wold to serve the Dedlock family.
But, the other reason this quote touched me is that I happened to read it just after Christmas. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services we were blessed to have 5 of the kids with us at church. It is a rare occurrence now and will only get rarer as the years move forward. It was a “goodly sight” in this mama’s eyes to have her babies all dressed up in their Christmas finery and to sit with my boys in church (one dd stands far away from the incense because of asthma and the other is in the choir loft).
I’m sure if I had read that part when I was younger it wouldn’t have popped out at me. Funny how time and experience change our reading experience.