le monde va être jugé par les enfants…

gems picked up along the way…

– think one word: rascal.  if you appear to be enjoying life, the likelihood that you are enjoying life greatly increases. (g. clooney)

– the more we know about each other, the more we will survive.

– i’m often found talking to myself, in my mind carrying on a dialogue.  I was once told, “the great thing about talking to yourself is that you are never in a disagreement”.  i wish this were true.  i am such a self-critic.

– i got a little girl of my own now, and her fears are mine.  is it brilliant where you are? (d. usher)

hishuk ish ts’awalk

fides pax caritas

– to gather around the table is so magical.  we share great food.  We share great wine.  we share ideas full of change and power.  we share dreams.  we share fears.  we share kisses, hugs, and cheek rubs.  we take care of one another.

– it’s important, when going after a goal, to never lose sight of the integrity of the journey. (a. garcia)

– a person is a person through other persons; you can’t be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships. (d. tutu)

– the expectation of safety and normalcy?  forget that stuff.  put it out of your mind.  to be a good father, you have to give up the expectation of a payoff.  forget trophies and medals.  forget report cards, even.  you have to observe.  you have to listen.  you are a large figure in this person’s life.  no getting around that.  with each year that passes, allow yourself the possibility of becoming smaller.  this both protects them and teaches you.  and don’t be overly proud of your own parental habits.  you’ll get your chance to tell it like it is, to lay down the law.  fathers do.  just don’t relish that, because that shit can snap you in half when it backfires, and you will be old when it does, and so will they.  old enough to wander away. (t. chiarella)

– if you want your kids to listen to you, don’t yell at them.  whisper.  make them lean in.  my kids taught me that. (m. batali)

– how well I remember the night you were born! (grandma)