Good Advice

A lad got into some youthful scrape and came to his grandmother asking her to assist him in getting out again. He ruefully admitted that he had gotten in trouble through ignoring his uncle’s warnings about exactly the situation he found himself in.

Grandmother smiled and said, “Well, your uncle certainly knew what he was talking about. He got in the same trouble when he was about your age. Experience teaches, but who learns? The reality is that what has happened may happen again but far too many of us live as though what has happened may not ever happen again.”

*I read this story in an old magazine, circa late 1800s, but forgot to write the name of the publication down.  This is lightly adapted, some words are from the original, some are mine.

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  1. Frances
    Posted May 7, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    “What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
    ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

    And completely unrelated, something I just read that you might enjoy:
    http://dovegreyreader.typepad.com/dovegreyreader_scribbles/2018/05/the-library-of-my-childhood.html

    Is your poorly tummy any better?

    • Headmistress
      Posted May 7, 2018 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      Oh, gosh. That letter. My own parents dealt with many a teacher/s conference where the teacher complained that I read far too much and socialized far too little. And my school library in Canada had their books arranged strictly by grade, and one could not check out or even peruse the shelves above one’s grade. It was torture, but I believe a few months after I had finished all the books up to my grade (2nd), tey allowed me to browse and check out books up into the fourth grade section.

      Thanks for asking- not particularly. However, I’ve plateaued at a manageable level. I have peanut butter toast or boiled eggs for breakfast, stay home mornings, by ten I can travel anywhere if I don’t eat anything but soup (usually pumpkin) until bedtime when I have a bit of soup or oatmeal with coconut sugar.

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