Fewer & Farther Between
Elizabeth Nussen on Generational Spacing & Familial Inertia
The week my son, my mother’s first grandchild, was born, she held him close, noses almost touching. “I promise to live to be an old woman and to dance at your wedding,” she whispered, “if you promise to get married young.” Implicitly she confessed: I may not make it to ninety. Don’t wait until thirty to get married.
But so many of us do wait. We wait to get married, and we wait to have children. This is not without consequences.
Holy Scripture presents the model of one generation teaching another. We are told to “train up a child” (Prov. 22:6) and that “one generation will laud [God’s] works to another” . . .
THIS ARTICLE ONLY AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
FOR QUICK ACCESS:
Elizabeth Nussen is a wife and mother residing in northeast Ohio. She holds an M.A. in philosophy from Kent State University and is a part-time humanities tutor in the local homeschool community. She is a traditionalist Christian.
more on family from the online archives
calling all readers
"There are magazines worth reading but few worth saving . . . Touchstone is just such a magazine."
—Alice von Hildebrand
"Here we do not concede one square millimeter of territory to falsehood, folly, contemporary sentimentality, or fashion. We speak the truth, and let God be our judge. . . . Touchstone is the one committedly Christian conservative journal."
—Anthony Esolen, Touchstone senior editor
• Not a subscriber or wish to renew your subscription? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of publishing!
Transactions will be processed on a secure server.
Order Touchstone subscriptions in bulk and save $10 per sub! Each subscription includes 6 issues of Touchstone plus full online access to touchstonemag.com—including archives, videos, and pdf downloads of recent issues for only $29.95 each! Great for churches or study groups.
OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)
Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.
more from the online archives