A breath of optimism

Remember Shel Silverstein? If you grew up in my generation, and for quite a few years on either end, you most likely grew up hearing your parent read Shel Silverstein’s work when you went to bed.

My particular favorites were: Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout

Would Not Take The Garbage Out;

Early Bird (with those unforgettable lines, ‘Oh If You’re A Bird/Be An Early Bird/But If You’re A Worm, Sleep Late!);

Hug O’ War;

and Listen to the Mustn’ts.

I shall quote that poem in its entirety now.

Listen to the MUSTN’Ts, child,

Listen to the DON’Ts

Listen to the SHOULDN’Ts

The IMPOSSIBLEs, the WON’Ts

Listen to the NEVER HAVEs

Then listen close to me–

Anything can happen, child,

Anything can be.

— Shel Silverstein, Where The Sidewalk Ends

Shel, we couldn’t have made it through childhood without you. *tips his hat* Thank you.

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