If a thing is right, it can be done, and if a thing is wrong, it can be done without; and a good man will find a way. (from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell)
“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
Good manners June 28, 2010
Grandpa taught us that good manners are very important. So today I said “good morning” to the first ant I saw. There were 600 more of them in line. I stood there all day. (from Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin)
This is a great little book that left me chuckling. I hope you’ll pick it up and enjoy it if you come across it. I have no deep thoughts on the subject of manners, but they are very important and increasingly rare. Recently I witnessed a young man cutting in line at the sno-cone stand in front of my 8-month pregnant sister on a 98degree day! I honestly couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. I’m not saying you should have to greet 600 ants in a row, but come on! You can let a pregnant woman in front of you for a sno-cone….or a bathroom.
A Patient, Waiting Love June 27, 2010
The song of the wind softened, gentled. Behind the violence of the birthing of the galaxies and stars and planets came a quiet and tender melody, a gentle love song. All the raging of creation, the continuing hydrogen explosions one the countless suns, the heaving of planetary bodies, was enfolded in a patient, waiting love. (from Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle)
A Live Dragon June 26, 2010
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. (from The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien)
Soaring upward June 25, 2010
As he soared upward, as the wind rushed through his hair…he realized that he had left not only the ground behind, but also his fear…He was back where he belonged. (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling)
Might as well deal June 24, 2010
Well, it would do me no good to run away. There were other bears in the woods. I might meet one any time. I mights well deal with this one as with another. (from Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder)
All lazy boys June 23, 2010
Fate has decreed that all lazy boys who come to hate books and schools and teachers and spend all their days with toys and games must sooner or later turn into donkeys. (from The Adventures of Pinocchio by C. Collodi)
This is the danger. This is why summer cannot go on indefinitely. And now that you’ve been warned, enjoy the rest of summer vacation if you have one!
Slapped a bear June 22, 2010
Ma was trembling, and she began to laugh a little. “To think,” she said, “I’ve slapped a bear!” (from Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder)
In this particular episode of Big Woods life, Ma and Laura went to milk the cow in the dark and couldn’t get what they thought was the cow to move from the gate. Ma slapped the supposed cow and tried to shoo it over before the lantern light revealed that she had just slapped a bear! She was totally fearless of the bear because she didn’t know what it was. Once she realized her mistake, the gravity of the situation sunk in like a hot knife in butter I’m sure.
I can think of a few things I’ve done that were like slapping a bear. Things I’ve done that I should have been more scared of, but wasn’t because I just didn’t understand. The biggest was getting married. I married a wonderful man and I’m so glad I did (more glad all the time, in fact) but my goodness, we were just so young! I had no idea how hard marriage is, even when you’re married to the best. And to have made such an important decision at such a young age! Now I can tremble and laugh and say that I slapped a bear.
What about you? Have you ever slapped a bear?