romance and reality;

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To live content with small means;

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to seek elegance rather than luxury,

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and refinement rather than fashion;

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to be worthy, not respectable,

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wealthy, not rich;
to study hard,
think quietly,
talk gently,
act frankly;

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to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages,
with open hearts;

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to bear all cheerfully,
to do all bravely,

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await occasions,
hurry never,

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In a word,

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let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,

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grow up through the common-

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this is my symphony.

~William Ellery Channing

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reality:

(While I wrote this Seth made hamburgers and dropped a spatula on the floor 32 times.  Sarah’s burger broke in half.  David said “ha ha” to her.  She cried.  Seth threw a mitten at me.  David kept tapping his feet and drumming his hands.  Seth yelled out strange noices and did strange dances.  We are about to leave to take David to a wrestling meet.  He is hungry.  I feel rushed.  Seth tapped his burger fingers on the clean glass door.  My nose is running.  Sarah yelled at Seth.)

 

8 thoughts on “romance and reality;

  1. =) Maybe it’s idealism, as much as romance. And we still need that to strive for, right? In the midst of the reality. I love your posting. It keeps me inspired. My family is ages 11-1.5, so I follow after. =)

  2. I know you wouldn’t trade your reality for all the romance in the world. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I particularly love your chaotic moments. They make me chuckle and think, “what a reilef…she has them too.”

  3. Also…super intrigued about the book you’re currently reading. I went to Amazon and read some of the sample. I think I might like it too. I like his style of writing.

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