My ultra-personal inner monologue

Children and the wall of China

From Boswell’s ‘The life of Samuel Johnson’:

He [Johnson] expressed a particular enthusiasm with respect to visiting the wall of China. I [Boswell] catched it for a moment, and said I really believed I should go and see the wall of China had I not children, of whom it was my duty to take care. ‘Sir, (said he,) by doing so, you would do what would be of importance in raising your children to eminence. There would be a lustre reflected upon them from your spirit and curiosity. They would be at all times regarded as the children of a man who had gone to view the wall of China.

This very much reflects Kay and my views on children and happiness: happy, interesting parents make happy, interested children. We won’t limit ourselves or our own contentment because of our children – because of our children.


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