When
· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · December
· · · · 29 (1 entry)

Children · What with Christ­mas and a ba­by in the fam­i­ly, there’ve been a lot of chil­dren on my mind. To a child, this is an ax­iom: The amount of love is con­stan­t, but the amount of can­dy is vari­able. It ex­plains a lot. Mar­garet At­wood, as a young wom­an, wrote a short sto­ry about chil­dren mak­ing poi­son, and un­der­lined its con­clu­sion (just as im­por­tant as mine about can­dy, but I won’t sum­ma­rize, go read it, Mak­ing Poi­son) by say­ing “... and if you don’t un­der­stand that, you’ll nev­er un­der­stand anything.” I’ve nev­er had the courage to write any­thing that strong (and I won­der if, a few decades old­er, she’d be able to), but I feel that way about lots of things, most­ly computing-related ...
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