The cop and the anthem
How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men by Michael C. ReichertAs a mom of boys, Im forever wanting the American education system to do their job better as I think they continue to fail their male students from elementary to high school level. This book was interesting with its studies researched although some of the real life experiences were a bit dry and made me skim here and there. I dont usually go for books like these because theres no book in the world that can tell a parent how to raise a child; I was intrigued by the subtitle and did feel the author did a good job at supporting his proof on the power of connnection to building good men - that title alone would be best. This is not a parenting book.
I find the relationships between boys fascinating and it is so different than girls. Again, being a mom to boys, I see this from them, their friends, and the experiences raising them through the past 20 years. The frustration for me is when you send your boys into the world - how will people respond to them, help them, teach them, love them, interact with them. As a parent, you know your child very well. You have a very good idea how the child will do these things when put in the world - but how the world comes back at them can be life changing. We as a society tend to take more care in helping girls navigate through these issues and changes than we do for boys. Boys, according to the book, have twice the harder time of it in so many areas yet again, they arent tended to as girls are. I wonder how and when this can change.
The Cop and the Anthem
Charles Laughton on the right as the vagrant Soapy in the film O. Henry's Full House. It first appeared in print in the New York World newspaper in December and was republished in the anthology The Four Million. The story's protagonist is a homeless man who is known only as Soapy. It is the start of winter and Soapy plans to spend the entire season inside, away from the cold streets.
On his bench in Madison Square Soapy moved uneasily. When wild geese honk high of nights, and when women without sealskin coats grow kind to their husbands, and when Soapy moves uneasily on his bench in the park, you may know that winter is near at hand. A dead leaf fell in Soapy's lap. That was Jack Frost's card. Jack is kind to the regular denizens of Madison Square, and gives fair warning of his annual call. At the corners of four streets he hands his pasteboard to the North Wind, footman of the mansion of All Outdoors, so that the inhabitants thereof may make ready. Soapy's mind became cognisant of the fact that the time had come for him to resolve himself into a singular Committee of Ways and Means to provide against the coming rigour.
Henry, O. Henry, O.. Lit2Go Edition. September 25, On his bench in Madison Square Soapy moved uneasily. When wild geese honk high of nights, and when women without sealskin coats grow kind to their husbands, and when Soapy moves uneasily on his bench in the park, you may know that winter is near at hand.