Monday, October 15, 2012

Little Boy

'There's no such thing as a bad boy' (Father Flanagan in Boy's Town)

We love you so
The freckle-nose
The mischief, spontaneity
The reckless grin
The dimpled chin
The well of curiosity
The cause and cure for mother’s woe
Oh little boy, we love you so
Robust and sun-tanned leap of joy
How we love you, little boy

Our pride and joy
Dear little boy
Mother’s laughter and her tears
So we hold you
And we scold you
Innocence soon sheds its years
Time has such quick impatient feet
Oh little boy, precious and sweet
We must train you while we can
For soon, too soon you’ll be a man

© Janet Martin

One of my all-time favorite movies is Boy's Town. (Spencer Tracey, 1938) for so many reasons.
I agree with him, there is no such thing as a bad boy...
a child learns from what he is taught by what he observes.

Train up a child in the way he should go: 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Prov. 22:6 

Teach me how to Pray


  1. Yuriy: It's so relevant to make a man from boy, and a woman from girl. These values are devalued now, alas.

  2. Amen! To teach the merit of hard work and responsibility which = feeling valued and needed takes much time and patience on the part of parents and care-givers!


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