words to live by

In going through various piles on my desk I came across an old birthday card that friends had given to us for Calvin, our boy who cannot read and has no concept of what a birthday is. The front of the small card has a simple yet elegant illustration of a canoe with paddles. The quote above it reads:

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air ...
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inside, the inscription says to enjoy the good life, followed by a handwritten message:

We hope Calvin lives and feels many of these things in his next year. Happy Birthday to you all. J & D

I recall reading this for the first time and weeping. Words to live by ... all of them. No doubt this one's a keeper.

photo by Michael Kolster

1 comment:

  1. Such sweetness to be reminded of -- and that photo -- oh, that photo.