Letters to Hadley: Little Things

January 12, 2015 7:48 PM

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"Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them."

Today, I'm in Paris. This whole magical city is filled with extraordinary things that I bet you already know about from your Madeline and Eloise books: The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur. When you walk around Chicago, you run into drugstores on every corner. Here,...

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