TEARS AND THINGS A book for boys and girls

 

 

“TEARS AND THINGS
A book for boys and girls”
by Gealdine McIntosh

is a children’s book on education, both were dear to my aunt Gerry’s heart.
Reading it and typing it in I could see a great Salvation theme.  I hope you will also.
My aunt Gerry wrote it.
She had a most interesting life, and perhaps one day I will do a short biography of her as she was a powerful influence in my life. I loved her dearly.
The original manuscript is 21 pages. I have pretty much stayed with that by putting a page number at the top of each section.  However, I could not keep the formatting as WORDPRESS makes it difficult to impossible to do so.  If anyone wants to see a copy of the original, I can send you a word doc.

 

TEARS AND THINGS
A book for boys and girls
by
Geraldine McIntosh
PAGE ONE

THINGS GET BROKEN

The first week of summer a silly big boy from school had grabbed Selma’s violin and broken the neck of it while clowning around.
Now he wouldn’t even admit it, and anyway he was to poor to pay for it. Salma and her sister Sara decided they simply couldn’t ask their mother to buy another one. She worked to hard trying to make ends meet as it was, and worried about the girls all the time. So Selma had to give up her violin lessons at the Bethune Community Center, and every time she passed it that summer, her heart ached a little.
* * *

PAGE TWO

THINGS GET RUSTY

Mark dropped over the porch railing, feeling mad at himself and mad at the world. He wanted to go skating, but his skates were all rusty. After skating the last time, he’d dropped them out by the back steps, and dew or rain had gotten them all wet. Then when the air dried them, rust set in, and now the wheels wouldn’t even turn. Everybody in the house had been saying over and over “Mark, you ought to put your skates away.” But he had paid no attention. Now Mark kicked a rung of the railing and pouted.
* * *
PAGE THREE

THINGS GET LOST

Emily Ann came running down the street in tears. She had been swimming at the Y, and today she’d forgotten to take off two pretty new barrettes that she had been wearing in her hair. When she was dressing to come home, she had suddenly missed them and looked everywhere around the pool and the locker room and in the halls. No one could find them. Emily Ann thought back to that same morning, when she had been SO PLEASED to have them as a gift from grandma. And they were still new! In the house she flung herself on the couch and didn’t even answer when grandma called her to dinner.
* * *
PAGE FOUR

THINGS WEAR OUT

Tyrone was late with the paper. He didn’t have a very big route, when you counted the customers, but it covered a lot of territory. Today one tire on his bike had gone flat, and he knew he couldn’t patch it again as he’d done so many times. That old tire was worn too thin. He had to deliver his papers on foot, carrying them in a sack on his shoulder. Nobody could say Tyrone was cross about it, because he was a very good-natured boy, but he wanted to get through early, because some of the fellows were going to choose up sides for the first baseball game of the season and Ty thought he just HAD to be there. Now he’d be too late to be on either of the first teams.
* * *
PAGE FIVE

Have you ever lost anything?

Did something you like ever get broken?

Have you ever left your skates or wagon or bike or tools outside all night and found that rain or dew had caused them to rust?

Do you know that moths get into woolen things and eat holes in them? Sweaters and mittens and caps and scarves – all kinds of things like that can be motheaten.

Have you ever had something you liked get burned or burned up? Or worn out or used up?

PAGE SIX
THINGS get lost

Broken

Burned

Ruined

Worn out

Used up.

And sometimes a thing you wanted very badly
turns out not to be so great after all when you get it
* * *
PAGE SEVEN
GOOD
GRIEF
as a friend of mine says

THINGS do a lot to make us sad…
* * *
PAGE EIGHT

Things do as much
to make us sad
as they do
to make us glad
* * *

PAGE NINE

Would you like to know of something
that can’t get lost or broken or burned
or worn out or used up?

NOBODY can take it from you.
And the more you use it
THE MORE YOU HAVE!

* * *

PAGE TEN

What can it be?

* * *
PAGE 11
It is something you CAN HAVE
IF YOU CHOOSE IT.

But you must choose.

Do you know what it is?

* * *

PAGE 12
It’s EDUCATION

Nobody can take it from you.
You are not apt to loose it.
It wont brake or rust.
Moths can’t eat it.

And the more you use it, the more you have.

* * *
PAGE 13

For example: once you learn how to read,
if you use that ability, if you go on reading,
You learn more and more!

If you learn how to swim,
and you use it to teach someone else,
you learn swimming even better
yourself!

If you learn how to use tools,
and you do use them often,
you become more and more skillful,
and you learn many other things
besides.

THAT’S BECAUSE LEARNING IS INSIDE OF YOU
* * *

PAGE 14

BUT, if you have a tablet of paper and you use it,
pretty soon you have no paper left.

If you have some money and you use it for something
that you wanted to buy, you’ll have
no money left.

If you spend only part of it, of course, you’ll have
some money left, but not as much.

That’s the way it is with things.

With EDUCATION it’s different. You can’t
see it, but neither can you use it up or wear it out
or loose it. And nobody can take it from you.

* * *
PAGE 15
What is education?

Education is LEARNING and UNDERSTANDING
The two belong together,
like left shoe and right shoe.

If you don’t have both of them
you wont get far.

* * *
PAGE 16

LEARNING
is like the left shoe, except that
LEARNING is for the mind.
LEARNING is knowledge. Facts. Skills.
LEARNING should take
place wherever you are,
at home as well in school. It
does not come only from
books. It comes from what happens to you, from life,
and from people you know
and things you do, as well as
from books

LEARNING is like furniture for the mind.
Just as you have to furnish a house, so you
have to furnish your mind with a lot of
information in order to live well.
* * *
PAGE 17

Even when you are playing with someone,
you are learning. At very least, you are
learning how to get along with others. . .
Or how not to!

* * *

PAGE 18

Education always has those twin qualities
of LEARNING, for the mind,
and UNDERSTANDING, filling up the heart.

We are all in search of
LEARNING and UNDERSTANDING
because they make us bigger persons –
bigger inside, in thinking and feeling.
And they should never stop. Even
when our bodies and muscles stop
growing, we should go on learning and
trying to understand

It doesn’t matter how tall we are,
or how much we weigh. What matters
is how GREAT our learning and
understanding are. That’s the real
measure of a person.

* * *

PAGE 19

because learning and understanding are inside of us
nobody can touch them or hear them
or smell them, but we can use them. And when
we do, people will know they are there, and that
they are REAL.
Does that mean there are REAL things that we can’t
see or hear or touch or smell? YES!
Radio waves, for example, can’t be seen, but
we know they are real. When the astronauts
went to the moon, they were certainly glad
they could count on radio waves to keep in
touch with earth.

* * *
PAGE 20
Some of the very best things there are
Can only be inside the mind and heart of a person.

Learning and understanding are two of them.
* * *
PAGE 21

The best thing about learning and understanding
is that NOBODY can take them from you.
You aren’t going to lose them.
They can’t wear out.
The more you use them, the more you have of
them
And they will last you all your life, forever
after.
If you make sure they don’t ever stop growing.

THE END