Why was free time was frowned upon years ago?

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I grew up in an era/area where work, work and more work was the norm. Idle hands were considered the 'devils workshop'. Once past childhood that is.

Vacation..what was that? Time to catch up on work at home.

This might explain guilt feelings I can harbor if I am not productive in something. :-) The Chattering

-- Bonnie (rabble@stic.net), December 14, 2000


I suppose free time was frowned on because some people abused it. I grew up being taught to do my work, then enjoy my free time.

-- Becky (becky-says@diaryland.com), December 14, 2000.

I was fortunate that Mom and Dad were liberal with quality time, both by being with me and by letting me go play. They were not much on the bluenose side like some of our neighbors were. I had one aunt who, when she saw me "idle" working a puzzle woould make me memorize bible verses, guess she thought that when I got to teen age I would turn into a bank robber if I hadn't memorized enough verses. I like to be productive, but because I want to and don't want to be jabbed in the rear to do something. Geez, picky, picky . . . . . .

-- Denver doug (ionoi@webtv.net), January 07, 2001.

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