And my final Pestalozzi quote (for now:)
"What shall I say more?--With these words the eternal laws of nature lead me back to your hand, mother! Mother! I can keep my innocence, my love, my obedience, the excellence of my nobler nature with the new impressions of the world, all, all at your side only.
"Mother, mother! While you have still a hand, a heart for me, let me not turn away from you. If no one has taught you to know the world as I am forced to learn it, then come, we will learn it together, as you ought, and I must.
"Mother, mother! We will not part from each other at the moment when I run into danger of being drawn away from you, from God, and from myself, by the new phenomena of the world.
"Mother, mother! Sanctify the transition from your heart to this world by the support of your heart.
"Friend! I musts be silent. My heart is moved, and I see tears in your eyes. Farewell!"
Art credit: Children in the Pasture by Luigi Chialiva
"Joy is the serious business of heaven."
Art credit: Old Line's Birthday by Hans Andersen Brendekidle
Having immersed myself in the stories of the Spanish gold-seekers for Month 1 with all their cruelties and treachery, this verse in Isaiah really struck me:
"I will make a man more precious than fine gold." (Isaiah 13:12)
I do hope that day will come.
Art credit: Fundacion de Santiago by Pedro Lira
The Well-Educated Mother's Heart