Signs of the Times

Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine

The Rev. Dr. Harold Blake Walker First Presbyterian Church, Evanston in Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine Chicago, Illinois

Middle age often is a time of serious dissatisfaction with life. In business or profession men come to the time the Psalmist described as "the destruction that wasteth at noonday." It brings the moment of truth when a man has to face the fact he probably will not realize his dreams of probably will not realize his dreams of promotion or towering success. The goals that drove him through his younger years have faded and died.

A similar discontent frequently falls on the lady of the house. She may have been quite serene with house, kitchen, and nursery while her children filled her days. Now, however, her children are grown, perhaps living at a distance. Tasks dwindle . . . and time hangs heavily on her hands. The enterprises of making a home and raising children that gave both goal and meaning to her days have slipped into the limbo of memory and there doesn't seem to be much left. . . .

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September 21, 1968

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