I realized that school plays were invented partly to give parents an easy opportunity to demonstrate their priorities.
-- CALVIN TRILLIN, FAMILY MAN
Were it possible for us to see further than our knowledge reaches . . . perhaps we would endure our sadnesses with greater confidence than our joys.
-- RILKE, LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET (TRANS. A. D. HERTER NORTON)
a Lot Like Ex-Mas
" Sam, come in here for a second, would you?" The dean of students had called him in before to discuss problems surfacing in his progress reports, so Sam knew her office. "Got something in the mail from your dad today."
"Was it the old Season's Greetings with his three pugs in Santa suits again?"
"I must not have made the list this year. Wait. Pugs? Never mind. Have I met him?"
"He's not the kind of guy you would tend to forget."