Theodore Roosevelt family 1903
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“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them..” Psalm 127
Got some pictures back last night from a recent family reunion. We have four children, all married and starting families of their own. It has been a couple of years since we were able to get everyone together at the same time. Told my wife, I really wanted to make sure we got at least one picture of everyone.
was am struck by the mixture of emotions I feel when I look at some of those picture.
You’d never know it, but there is a lot of pain represented….
But also joy.
I am currently reading a biography of Theodore Roosevelt my wife picked up at a second hand store for a quarter. It is one of the better books I’ve read in a while.
The only thing I knew about Theodore before reading this book was a quote he was famous for…that and he had something to do with establishing several national parks while in office. 🙂
Once I got into the book, I grabbed a highlighter. I
was am struck, again and again, by the similarities between his day and our own.
Incompetent leadership on a national level.
The fickleness of public opinion.
The media and its propensity to stir up trouble, gossip and slander.
Inside deals….party bosses…corporate influence..
It’s all there.
But again and again, amidst the ebb and flow of success, and failure, Roosevelt would return to his home in the country to get his bearings. Days filled with children, (and then grand children) the chopping of firewood, reading, deep conversations around the dinner table, correspondence, walks in the woods. Married to a strong woman in her own right, who gave his life balance. She had a way of getting through to him, when nobody else could.
Sounds a lot like my life. 😉
Family reunion June of 2016