Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

The Best Education

Though a young woman now, I still see an adorable two-year old Alina chasing after her twenty-something uncle with his full set of hair, regaling him with Knock-Knock jokes. Time, like life, passes but it only leaves us if we let it, if we fail to grasp what’s important and cling to that which is not.

“You must know that there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and good for life in the future than some good memory, especially a memory of…home. People talk to you a great deal about your education, but some good, sacred memory, preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best education. If a man carries many such memories with him into life, he is safe to the end of his days, and if one has only one good memory left in one’s heart, even that may sometime be the means of saving us…” -Alyosha, The Speech by the Stone (The Brothers Karamazov)

 

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