if you want to build a ship

A photo from last New Year’s Day. A quote recently discovered. The quote’s attribution is disputed, but I love it so much that I’ll take it anyway. It’s a lovely analogy for the way I hope to parent, and what this wonderfarm is all about. A thought to carry into the new year.

Happy 2011, cherished readers.

11 comments… add one
  • Just Peaches Jan 1, 2011 @ 6:37

    But I’m so good at giving orders!

    Thank you for the quote & inspiration.

    • patricia Jan 1, 2011 @ 19:02

      Ah, yes, I’m quite excellent at giving orders myself.

      Thank you for all your thoughtful comments of the past year, Peaches!

  • Debbie Jan 1, 2011 @ 14:41

    “Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

    Oh I love this…a lovely analogy for parenting. Thanks for this and for all the inspiration all year long. Happy 2011. xo

    • patricia Jan 1, 2011 @ 19:03

      And thanks for reading along, Debbie!

      Happy 2011 to you too!

  • Kristin Jan 1, 2011 @ 21:52

    The quote is great. I’m noticing the photo though too. T’s colors blend in well with the beach and background. What a nice shot from last year.
    Prosperos Ano Nuevo!

    • patricia Jan 3, 2011 @ 21:36

      It was a foggy day at the beach, which made for great photos. And sometimes the kids’ clothes serendipitously match the scenery!

      Happy new year to you too, Kristin!

  • Amy Bowers Jan 3, 2011 @ 12:47

    I love this quote so much! I have many similar ocean pictures with my kids; I think I will hang this quote near one of them as a reminder. Thank you! I am new to your blog and really enjoy it. Your style of un/home schooling is similar to my ideal. I look forward to reading more in the new year.

    • patricia Jan 3, 2011 @ 21:46

      Nice to meet you, Amy!

      I popped over to your website; I think your mama merit badges are just fabulous! I’m linking them in my sidebar…

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Carrie Jan 3, 2011 @ 12:56


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