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ring-a-ring-a-rosy

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

I thought of this quote the other night after I showed Rondel how to play ring-a-ring-a-rosy… we must have spun around and fallen down at least 30 times! He definitely has a vitality and freedom and intensity of spirit that age has dulled in me. The joyous repetition of early childhood is a much more beautiful and wonderful thing than the mechanical repetition of tedious grown-up work though, that is certain. Maybe I can find more joy in the sustaining, continuing, daily tasks of home and work by approaching them with this attitude of continually renewed delight and wonder, instead of as chores on a list…

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