Weekends with Chesterton
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There was a time when you and I and all of us were all very close to God; so that even now the color of a pebble (or a paint), the smell of a flower (or a firework), comes to our hearts with a kind of authority and certainty; as if they were fragments of a muddled message, or features of a forgotten face. To pour that fiery simplicity upon the whole of life is the only real aim of education.
I love collecting quotes about what education is and what its goal is. This one reminds me most of Charlotte Mason’s “The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” and also Milton’s
The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest perfection.
Education is the forming and shaping of a person’s habit of mind. That the habit of mind we seek be one of fiery simplicity is a lovely and evocative phrase.
Books Read at Our House This Week
One of Ilse’s favorite picture books lately is Shoemaker Martin, a picture book based on a children’s tale by Tolstoy. I love how it develops, explicitly but beautifully, Jesus’ words, “If you do it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me.”
Martin worked all day until it became too dark for him to see his work. Then he would make a pot of tea, light the lamp and take down his big Bible from the shelf. He read many pages, and the more he read, the happier he felt.
I am still reading Commodore Hornblower, Spunk & Bite, The Living Page, and Desiring the Kingdom. I would like to add in an audio book to listen to while folding laundry, but this week I let the laundry-folding pile up and instead watched Downton Abbey (I stream it from pbs.org) while I folded. :)
The boys had a book club meeting this week, so they read and talked about Along Came a Dog by Meindert DeJong. Jaeger also began a missionary biography from our church library titled Bruchko by Bruce Olson.
Online Reading This Week
I encountered a great article on parenting boys earlier in the week and so thought I’d list a few favorites of mine along those lines:
I require chores, and I require that they do them well. When a boy starts in on the whole Martyr/woe is me shenanigans, I start singing “Cinder(insert name here), Cinder……, night and day….” and I keep singing this until the whining stops. They hate this, HATE IT yet they would rather me be silly, than me start in on an argument.
This article has some great examples of what using humor can really look like.
The Dos: Be a Strong Woman (Contemplate the word ‘impervious’)
Contemplating impervious, at Cindy’s behest, has served me well over the years.
This link will take you to the Fletcher’s podcast where they interviewed Hal & Melanie Young, authors of Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys, an absolute must-read for parents (especially mothers) of boys.
More Weekend Reads
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