Sterile environment isn’t much of a home

After reading “The Anti-McMansion” in The News, I just had to comment on the Kawabatas’ one-room home in Putnam Valley. Being an 80-year-old, slightly claustrophobic lady who has lived in larger homes most of her life, I absolutely cringed upon reading of their very bare, aesthetic “home.” Every detail is so precisely and accurately laid out. The small-scale theory is terribly cold and most uninviting. I felt very sorry for their daughter and son. How controlled and boring their little lives must be. I honestly could not spend one hour in that situation.

When I look back and recall our four young daughters’ vast collections of doll houses, Barbies and Kens with all the “necessary” assortments, I just smile with joy and remembrance. I also had my collections of books, crossword puzzles, 1000-piece puzzles and embroidery and sewing materials.

No, I think most people will choose to let their children be children and drag out 15 toys at once and enjoy themselves. Children grow up much too fast as it is. The Kawabatas can keep their one-room home idea. God bless our homes, and that includes oodles of toys, pets and, yes, the “mayhem” that goes with it.

Janet Nowicki