Friday, February 4, 2011


I ran across this sentence that my son R. wrote as part of a spelling assignment when he was in 5th grade (the spelling word was "brief"):

We were golden for a brief moment.


And by Robert Frost:

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.


My advice to you:

Be golden today.


  1. Lovely post, T. You have a very special boy.

  2. i think that sentence is ...perfect.
    and so useful!
    (it's *such* a good sentence that i can get almost as excited about it as i would had it been my son's!)

  3. I can see why you kept your son's spelling lesson. Does he remember it? thanks, sp

  4. I fell short of golden, but I get credit for trying, no?

  5. Thank you Vespersparrow...the "boy" is almost twenty-five! Almost too tender-hearted, alas.

  6. Susan, feel free to use it anytime.

  7. sussah, I should tell him about it. He doesn't read my blog because he says then he'd know everything that I had to say before I said it. Hrmph. (Dare I say he's wrong!)

  8. Not a thought I would have had, without your (and your son's) prompting. To be golden...a worthy goal for any day.

  9. lovely - all of it - lovely. I will aspire to be golden today. R.'s words from long ago reach far into the future.

  10. Insightful, deeply moving, soul-inspiring posts recently, T. Gracias, as always, for sharing out into the

  11. I love your son's sentence - I will remember it. And the Frost poem. Wonderful.

  12. Oh, to be golden again, if but for a brief moment! A priceless quote; inspiring!

  13. "We are stardust.
    We are golden.
    And we've got to ourselves back to the garden."

    from "Woodstock" by Joni Mitchell