And the Angel told Tom if he'd be a good boy, He'd have God for his father & never want joy....
And so Tom awoke and we rose in the dark And got with our bags & our brushes to work. Tho' the morning was cold, Tom was happy & warm, So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
As we walked homeward across the fields, the sun dropped and lay like a great golden globe in the low west. While it hung there, t...he moon rose in the east, as big as a cart-wheel, pale silver and streaked with rose colour, thin as a bubble or a ghost-moon. For five, perhaps ten minutes, the two luminaries confronted each other across the level land, resting on opposite edges of the world. In that singular light every little tree and shock of wheat, every sunflower stalk and clump of snow-on-the-mountain, drew itself up high and pointed; the very clods and furrows in the fields seemed to stand up sharply. I felt the old pull of the earth, the solemn magic that comes out of those fields at nightfall. I wished I could be a little boy again, and that my way could end there.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
When our kids are young, many of us rush out to buy a cute little baby book to record the meaningful events of our young child's l...ife...But I've often thought there should be a second book, one with room to record the moral milestones of our child's lives. There might be space to record dates she first shared or showed compassion or befriended a new student or thought of sending Grandma a get-well card or told the truth despite its cost.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
It will help us and our children if we can laugh at our faults. It will help us tolerate our shortcomings, and it will help our ch...ildren see that the goal is to be a human, not perfect.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
We cannot set aside an hour for discussion with our children and hope that it will be a time of deep encounter. The special moment...s of intimacy are more likely to happen while baking a cake together, or playing hide and seek, or just sitting in the waiting room of the orthodontist.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
I know a guy onct married a girl like that, carried on and bawled an' made out he'd knocked her up. He married her all right an' s...he turned out to be a goddam whore and he got the siph off'n her... You take it from me, boy...Love 'em and leave 'em, that's the only way for stiffs like us.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »