I'll have a POV for you next week (I promise), but while I sort out the wrinkles, I thought I'd share a few words from William Martin, which I spotted here and loved.

Photos by Max Wanger.
"Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself."

Yes. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


julie said...

Right on!

burntfeather said...

love this :) I think the World would be a happier place is parents adopted this approach too!

Sophie said...

To live without living through the ordinary with joy isn't really to live at all.

Brianna Soloski said...

So lovely.

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Rachel said...

Love this quote.

sahana said...

so funny, my dad sent this to me months ago and i happened to revisit it today. and then i see it was posted on your blog! love the writing, it gets me through my week.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this, I've never heard it before and I think I'll now cherish it forever.

Shoko said...

Sahana, thank you so much. That makes my day.

Up with Joy, so happy to hear that. I'm thrilled I found it, too!

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