I will go. And I will see everything, and do exactly as my sestoldme. I will try to keep my temper, and be indulgent to my child'shalf-inconsistent character, and present to her a smiling face on awaking, even when I am almost sure I know thepreface to a storm to be coming. So she shall not be depressed. Butif unhappiness is inevitable, it is the only happiness left her;and on no account shall she have an unhappy day. For her, inher grief there is no hope. I will formulate a set of rules anda little pledge for her. And I will try to stick to them. I willnot be wheedled out of them. You will not take advantage ofus, or overwork her interests, or lead her on into temptation,or any of the hundred devices you would, but think of her, and ofwhat does for her, on the whole. There will be a good time toget through, because the real business of grown-up life is not,making a misery after all, but making a happy life.
whether funny or serious. The child wants an opening into the largerworld where all things are possible and where beautiful things arealways happening. Give her in some form this necessary food, and hermind will be so full of delightful imaginings that she will be under notemptation to invent about the commonplaces of everyday life." d2c66b5586