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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Box Chatter

I
found a great quote today while chatting with a young gentleman in the
foothills of CA. He was telling me how bored he was and I was searching
for good quotes to quell his boredom - to snap it in the root if you
know what I mean lest his mother start doing this: 

Now I really enjoy chatting with this young man because the apple does
not fall far from the trees that grew it and they are pretty wonderful
on the scale of wonderment. He and I chat in jest much of the time and
we were dueling words and phrases. He had some pretty good ones and
even a few that I didn't know so I asked him if he was copying his
vocabulary list. He was not he said. I told him, "at least you are not
excerebrose." That stumped him! I told him to ask his father.
I
*was* having fun searching for quotes and making him believe I was so
sharp I had them all at my behest. He is what I call a crackerjack - a
funny character that amuses the heck out of me. He even had the
gumption to say, "I am still in the process of existing in the black
pit of boredom." LOL! What a great funny character and I loved it. We
enjoy our banter and this is where I stepped up the search and found a
few goodies.


"The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused."

He then shared with me, "I am not amused please say somthing funny!" To which I responded with:

"Do
not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for
the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live."


Now that one was good, but my chatterer paused with my final quote:

"A
certain power to endure boredom is essential to a happy life. The lives
of most great men have not been exciting except at a few great moments.
A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little
men."


He
is going to be a great man someday. He is already a great young man
with interests probably far wider than my own right now! This young man
has a special place in my heart and I will enjoy watching him grow to
manhood. He is blessed with amazing and wonderful parents that I am
privileged to call friends. They are homeschool giants to me; living
out their convictions and dreams in a very real way. They have five
beautiful children that I look forward to seeing as adults because they
are so charming as young people. Certainly they have their faults,
certainly they struggle, but boy are they encouraging and inspiring to
me, and so is their son.


Warmly,
Kate


1 comment:

sparrow said...

I think he's lucky to have a caring, interested friend like you as well. The "other" adults in our kids' lives are such a treasure.


I loved the quotes, too!