a harsh and dreadful thing

Never be frightened at your own faintheartedness in attaining love, and meanwhile do not even be frightened by your own bad acts. I am sorry that I cannot say anything more comforting, for active love is a harsh and fearful thing compared with love in dreams.
--The Brothers Karamazov

"Colin," I asked, startled, "What is on your finger?? Is that poop on your finger?"

"Oh, no, Mom," he said seriously, "I just wiped it on your shirt."


Kimberly said...


Well, Mary said to take heart...Luke finally turned a corner just a little while ago and he is just about one year older than Colin.

Though I still suggest duct-taping his underwear together. OOOOh. Or making him wear mittens inside.

Zanshin said...

Just reread that chapter of BK. Some serious stuff.