HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

August 20, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius


Dorothy L. Nolte

Of all the joys that lighten suffering earth, what joy is welcomed like a newborn child?


Mary Kay Blakely 

The absolute dependence of a newborn infant inspired many things in me, but it did not activate any magical knowledge about what to do for the next twenty years.


Eloise Salholz

To Tennessee Williams, children were “no-neck monsters,” while William Wordsworth apotheosized the newborn infant as a “Mighty Prophet! Seer Blest!” Most adults know the truth is somewhere in between.


Penelope Leach

One day you will find that you have stopped regarding your baby as a totally unpredictable and therefore rather alarming novelty, and have begun instead to think of him as a person with tastes, preferences and characteristics of his own. When that happens you will know that he has moved on from being a “newborn” and has got himself settled into life.


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