A special letter

 

Dear World:

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My son starts school today.

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It's going to be strange and new to him for a while, and I wish you would sort of treat him gently.

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You see, up to now, he's been king of the roost.

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He's been boss of the backyard.

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I have always been around to repair his wounds, and to soothe his feelings.

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But now--things are going to be different.

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This morning, he's going to walk down the front steps, wave his hand and start on his great adventure that will probably include wars and tragedy and sorrow.

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To live his life in the world he has to live in will require faith and love and courage.

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So, World, I wish you would sort of take him by his young hand and teach him the things he will have to know.

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Teach him - but gently, if you can.

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Teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero; that for every crooked politician there is a dedicated leader; that for every enemy there is a friend.

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Teach him the wonders of books.

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Give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on the green hill.

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Teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.

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Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong.

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Teach him to sell his brawn and brains to the highest bidder, but never to put a price on his heart and soul.

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Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob...and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right.

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Teach him gently, World, but don't coddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel.

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This is a big order, World, but see what you can do.

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He's such a nice little fellow.



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