Preparing for spring

I’ve been reading Robinson Crusoe, in preparation to teach it soon, and I like the following expression about the narrator’s experience:

Thus we never see the true state of our condition, till it is illustrated to us by its contraries; nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

This summer, I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird for a Young Adult Literature course I’ll be teaching this fall. This time around, I was drawn to Atticus’s priorities as a parent as he describes his disciplinary decisions:

Bad language is a stage all children go through […] Hotheadedness isn’t. (116)