When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.
Robert Louis Stevenson, At the Sea-Side
A Child’s Garden of Verses
There is nothing quite like playing alone. To watch it is a privilege. Indeed, in watching one might even participate in the reality. Yet we must tread lightly so as not to disturb it.
Human persons are not made to be alone; but then again, the ability to be alone is somehow essential. We learn something about life. We learn simply to be, and to live, and then ultimately, to live together. One who really knows how to be alone is most capable of being together. It is a paradox.
Some children are more inclined toward it than others. It cannot be forced. But it can be encouraged and cultivated. In them, and in us. Being in a good place, at a good time, perhaps with a simple instrument of some sort—such as a shovel, on the beach.
Sometimes the most important things are right before our eyes, and still within our reach. We can simply reach toward them and take them in hand, time and again.
R.L Stevenson (1850-1894) is the great Scottish author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, A Child’s Garden of Verses, and other classics.
Fire is a capital article. To have no fire, or a bad fire to sit by, is a most dismal thing. In such a state man and wife must be something out of the common way to be in good humor with each other… William Cobbett, Cottage Economy There is something about a fire. We...
Stewardship is using the natural world carefully so that it thrives and thus serves human life well. The natural world provides food, cloths, and shelter, each with its proper delight and beauty. It can also form our mind and character, teaching us basic lessons of...
“In the loss of skill, we lose stewardship; in losing stewardship, we lose fellowship; we become outcasts from the great neighborhood of Creation.” Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land “Old usage tells us that there is a husbandry also of the land, of the soil, of the...
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