(We give them the opportunity to memorize set quotes or scriptures each week to make up for missed points in our whiz-bang responsibility system back HERE….and I always write the quotes on my chalkboard I talked about back HERE.)
This was part of a poem quoted by President Monson in his talk over HERE.
Here’s the whole poem (which I would have had the kids memorize in it’s entirety of if I really wanted to give them some good “wind”…)
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.
I’ve sure thought about it a bunch ever since it hit me during his talk.
How important is that wind to create strong children and future adults!