John Steinbeck Quote

This comes from Bruce Louis Dodson, an expat in Sweden.



“Adlai, do you remember two kinds of Christmases? There is one kind in a house where there is little and a present represents not only love but sacrifice. The one single package is opened with a kind of slow wonder, almost reverence. Once I gave my youngest boy, who loves all living things, a dwarf, peach-faced parrot for Christmas. He removed the paper and then retreated a little shyly and looked at the little bird for a long time. And finally he said in a whisper, “Now who would have ever thought that I would have a peach-faced parrot?” 

Then there is the other kind of Christmas with present piled high, the gifts of guilty parents as bribes because they have nothing else to give. The wrappings are ripped off and the presents thrown down and at the end the child says—”Is that all?” Well, it seems to me that…

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  1. Sent from my iPad

    Begin forwarded message:

    > From: Laverna Armintrout > Date: December 17, 2016 at 11:49:19 AM CST > To: Doug Armintrout , Stephan DeWitz , “Don & Carley Lawrence” , Roberta Hobbs , Brian and Pam Robertson , ann meredith , rebecca cordice , Geri Myhre , “Jim & Dorothy Thompson” , Connie Pirkey , Steve Brenk , Mary Jane Jeppesen , Joan Kraft , Dodie Griffin > Subject: Re: The Price of Children…. > > a great time to send this out,hugs lj > >


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