A Tale of Two Cities

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way..."

Not only is this among my favorite books, and quotes but I find it perfect for tonight.

Edwardsville, IL 2013

A head full of thick sandy, brown hair sleeps beside me with a stuffed animal and real dog cuddled up tight. Dad's away and that means he has found the right excuse, to sleep with mom in the great big bed of awesomeness and comfort. O what he would he would give to sleep with us all the time. He would love a room with a giant bed, where all the build a bears, toys, animals, siblings and parents could all relax and retire each night together in safety snuggling. His measure of adorable is truly off the charts. Life is still very simple for him and he, to his own credit chooses to keep it that way by avoiding those things which serve only to complicate, dramatize and detract from his happy life. Things like complicated pre-teen peer groups, online gaming addictions, girls, and low self worth. No he is happy. Just happy. Imagine if he manages to live his life with this philosophy? How happy he could he be? How unburdened, unfettered, how blissfully unaware he might be to other people's mania?

This age of foolishness, this age of hope.

Carol Stream, IL 2013.

Short trimmed sandy brown hair lightened by sun and chlorine, is sleeping in a strange place. There is nothing familiar save is own blankets. No one is beside him, no one in the room. Roomates down the hall know virtually nothing at all about him. Challenges, struggles and new horizons will rush him literally with the dawn of the next day. Life is work. Life is school. Life budgeting money, budgeting time, coping, planning, doing and praying. There is little time to relax and the real world is around ever corner. Yet, all these are met with anticipation. Eagerness not anxiousness. Hope, not fear. 

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