Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.The Roswell Mill dam is a beautiful location, and many young couples have their photos taken there in the days leading up to their wedding. There was one couple there who for some reason seemed to distil the hope for the future that the moment demands.
- Henry James
To love another person is to see the face of God.
- Victor Hugo
Couples that are lucky find that hope renewing itself. This little fellow saw a snake which scared him. Mom and Dad took him on a downstream adventure to safety. He liked petting Ivan the Terrier, who liked it as much as he.
For a wonderful physical tie binds the parents to the children; and - by some sad, strange irony - it does not bind us children to our parents. For if it did, if we could answer their love not with gratitude but with equal love, life would lose much of its pathos and much of its squalor, and we might be wonderfully happy.Life is strange in how it changes over time. That hope for the future gets tested, the candle flickers and sometimes looks to go out. While we would capture a perfect moment as in amber, time waits for no man.
- E.M. Forster, Where Angels Fear To Tread
When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.I can attest to this truth. But if you're lucky, that child grows to a Man or Woman who can still look at you with eyes that see you as you would like to be, not as you are. Today was one of those days for me, one that I had once almost given up hope of seeing again. A day when you hear the laughter of Life itself, and join in it.
- John Steinbeck, East Of Eden
If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane.
- Robert Frost