Thomas Howard on Experience and Children

“Experience doesn’t hold off while we are at work and begin when the whistle blows. The whole thing is ‘the real stuff,’ and the irony is that, unless we take ourselves by the scruff of the neck and make ourselves reflect upon it, we allow it to tumble past us helter-skelter and never grasp any of it as real. Here, parenthetically, is one of the losses sustained in growing up: it is in the nature of childhood to live fully in the moment, savoring the warmth of the sand or the dancing of the dust in the sunbeam or the new taste of raspberries, without emasculating the sensation by worrying over what just occurred or what is about to occur.”–Thomas Howard

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