Anyway, why do some turns of phrase grab the attention so forcefully? At the book's end - the book is Home Education - her final thoughts are on helping the child to learn about God in a good way, as a father, "...from whom comes all the gladness of every day". And even though I didn't sleep well and got up too late, I did have gladness today. I didn't rush, went about my work peacefully and was able to do many things.
Yogi came by and I managed to get the camera - gracious, he does not keep still! But hopefully you can see why I'm so enamored of him. Of course, handsome is as handsome does, and he actually tried to nip me more than once! I think he was over-excited. If he ever got into the house, I know that mayhem would ensue.
AND MORE CATS
These cats have multiplied, and so much so
That they are double the celestial Bears.
Cats that disport themselves in all-white furs,
Cats that are black and even calico,
And cats with tails and cats quite disentailed.
What I would gladly see (now wouldn't you?)
Is one cat with a hump or curlicue
Like some vain harridan discreetly veiled.
Let laboring mountains cease from all their toil,
For if a mouse were born, poor little brat,
It could not hope to flee so many a cat.
Good housewife, I admonish you to peel
Your eyes and watch the pot about to boil:
Run, look, a cat is carrying off the veal!
Here I must add my bob and wheel.
My sonnet will not have what praise entails
Unless it's like those cats that come with tails.
- Torquato Tasso (trans. by Lowry Nelson, Jr.)