Great essay, Frank! Also, I think spending a year after high school "working a bit and reading a lot" is good advice for all college-bound students. Too bad that's not how it goes here. Most of them stagger straight from high school to freshman year without reflection. More hurdles to jump for the kids while parents pony up the cost.
I really liked your essay, Frank. Well done. It is interesting that the blog as a medium is a catholic (small c) church. An opportunity to discuss a book one has read is excellent, but few people would have provided such a thoughtful and educative essay as yours. Thanks for putting in all that effort, I am sure that I'm not the only one who read and appreciated it (I had two people indicating as much via my inbox!)Agree with your take on youth's sweet life, Susan ;-)
Thoroughly enjoyed that, Frank. Baulked a little at the 'posture affecting disposition' suggestion. In fact, my instinct is to reject that entirely. It just goes against the grain.
Were you lounging back in your chair when you baulked, Neil? :)It was the only example that came mind - and of course I learned it at an early age and probably at an early Mass.
Not really. Lounging sounds like hard work. It's a subtle form of posturing, if you ask me. Rather, I was kind of emerging, slowly, tentatively, from my postprandial slump. On a more serious note, my doctor has warned me that my back problems will persist unless I improve my disposition, I mean posture. If I don't, I may need a stick to help me baulk when I get older.
I know what you mean, Neil. I've actually been trying to improve my posture - and my disposition - for, well, all of my life. (I find that my favorite posture - especially as I get older - is prone.)