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As I came home I found your two
letters instead of the telegram I still expect, and it did my heart good to
receive that long one of Wednesday night. If you only knew how I devour them
and desire to read some more, you would stop apologizing for the length and
make them a little longer. Though no matter how long they were they would
seem all too short, as the real happy moment is when I read your letters. I
feel you are just talking to me, and I assure you, babykins, you have not
spoiled anything at all, but I am happy and also proud in a way for being
the cause of bringing out the adorable femininity which I knew you
possessed. But false pride and a wrong ideas of reserve kept you from giving
it free vent. Only through the suffering of separation it came forth,
soaring through the skies, from which now you can see how people seem
foolish when they try to stifle the genuine sentiments and tendency which
are a legacy of our race, simply to adopt a ridiculous modern theory of
independence which implies the scorning of any romantic impulses and
feminine charm, defining them as weakness.
The more I read your letters the
more I admire in you those lovely qualities of femininity I admired in my
poor dear mother. Some people might call me old-fashioned but really I am
not. I am very human and proud to possess that traditional feeling of
admiration and respect for a womanly woman, a thing which nowadays seems to
be a thing of the past upon which the cynics of our generation cast their
blase glances with a faint smile of superiority.
Do not be afraid of my misjudging
your sweet spontaneity for second childhood for I simply adore it as I know
that in moments of seriousness there is a very strong womanly character in
you, which renders you to me doubly loved.
You embody for me all that there is
of lovely and ideal and sacred. You are to me the most precious jewel God
ever gifted me with and any suffering, privations and hardships for your
sake and our happiness I shall gladly bear them with a smile, for it is
through suffering that the best of our nature comes for or is moulded.
Do not think darling that I want to
receive only the happy letters from you and keep the tears to yourself, if
you did that I should feel that you had stopped loving me. I want to share
your tears as well as your joys.
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Cindy Sue’s Snapshots
by Cindy Sue Blair
"Who wins in the race of life? Who is the really
successful one? Is it he who accumulates a fortune only? Is it he who gains
the world’s honors alone? Is it he even who acquires the most learning? No.
Rather, it is he who builds the noblest character, in the circumstances."
William Makepeace Thayer spoke eloquently on the
importance of work and character in his 1894 book, "Ethics of Success." He
believed that opportunity existed in difficult situations and that hard work
combined with a caring heart would carry each person through hard times.
After graduating with a theology degree in 1843,
William was a clergyman at a church in Ashland, Massachusetts. In 1858 he
suffered from a throat problem. William could no longer preach in church. He
relinquished his pastorate and returned to his hometown of Franklin,
His dream to speak to people of his theory of work and
compassion would have appeared to have been cruelly crushed. William knew
that his life’s work may have taken on a new direction but he was not one to
give up. What his voice could not do, his pen would.
He was fascinated with people who combined hard
work and good character in their lives. A desire to bring the uplifting
stories to the public inspired him to write his first biography, "The Bobbin
Boy," in 1859. It was the story of Nathaniel Prentice Banks who at the age
of 11, went to work in a textile mill. From that humble beginning, Nathaniel
Prentice Banks became a congressman, governor and general.
William’s biographies, written in a conversation
tone, became so popular that more than one million copies of his books were
sold. William Makepeace Thayer was one of the most widely read authors of
the 19th century.
More than one hundred years later, William’s
words still ring true. "There is always good in striving for the best. It is
better to aim high and not hit the mark than to aim low and hit it."
If you would like to read the 1894 "Ethics of
Success" by William Makepeace Thayer, click on the link to the left.
"Consideration for others is man’s noblest
attitude toward his fellow man. For every seed of human kindness he plants,
a flower blooms in the garden of his own heart."
The quote is from Hollywood icon, Douglas
Fairbanks, from his book "Laugh and Live." Though published in 1917, the
sentiments expressed in the book are timeless.
Douglas’ book was published in hardcover as well
as in six inspirational pamphlets. The characters he played on film
exhibited the same good nature and positive attitude that he practiced in
his personal life.
With a casual air, Douglas explains in "Laugh
and Live" that "happiness is for all who strive to be happy." He believed
that laughter, energy, happiness and success are available to everyone, all
you need is direction and practice. From "Taking Stock of Ourselves" to
"Consideration for Others," the book tackles a wide range of topics to help
the reader get the most out of life.
The first chapter suggested an experiment with
laughter. I stopped reading and tried laughing out loud. My fake laugh, a
deep HO-HO-HO, sounded so funny that I began laughing for real and suddenly
the room that had been quiet came to life. Three energetic dogs were trying
to jump in my lap. Hope barked while Chance and Joe jockeyed for position.
The laughter experiment was a success. The dogs and I were feeling happy and
At the close of the book, Douglas hopes that he
has "been instrumental in adding to the world’s store of happiness." Hope,
Chance, Joe and I think he has been very successful.
If you would like to read the book, click the
link in the next column.
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