Among the paintings at a Vermeer exhibit in London was one by Van Ostade that belongs to Queen Elizabeth II. It's a painting of the interior of a peasant's cottage. Imagine! The Queen in the splendor of Buckingham Palace sits and looks at a painting of a peasant's cottage! Maybe we all wonder how the "other half" of the world lives. Maybe it's like the question in the song from a Broadway show, "I wonder what the common folk are doing tonight." Or does it reflect some discontentment with royal life; some secret thought that one might have been happier as a peasant than as a princess? Whether in a cottage or a palace, we must learn to be content with life as we experience it, and to thank God for the blessings that are ours, both large and small.