romance and reality;


To live content with small means;


to seek elegance rather than luxury,


and refinement rather than fashion;


to be worthy, not respectable,


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


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


to bear all cheerfully,
to do all bravely,


await occasions,
hurry never,


In a word,


let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,


grow up through the common-


this is my symphony.

~William Ellery Channing





(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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