Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy, Progressive, and Occupied


We took ‘school’ outside on this gorgeous Monday in May, soaking up the sunshine and reading history, science, and Bible. We finished off with a liberal dose of The Wind in the Willows while the boys took to the tire swing under our very own willow tree.

It all seemed too good to be true. Hither and thither through the meadows he rambled busily, along the hedgerows, across the copses, finding everywhere birds building, flowers budding, leaves thrusting—everything happy, and progressive, and occupied. And instead of having an uneasy conscience pricking him and whispering “Whitewash!” he somehow could only feel how jolly it was to be the only idle dog among all these busy citizens. After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.

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