Fire in autumn: Why I’m thankful for Robert Louis Stevenson

Sargent | PD-US His works, especially his garden of verse, capture the childhood experience without short-changing or sentimentalizing it. It began one night when friends were visiting from out of state. After dinner, my wife, April, suddenly produced a stool, placed in the middle of the living room floor, and announced, “It’s poetry night.” The kids took turns standing on the stool and reciting poems. I wasn’t previously aware that my children knew any poems. But there each Hoopes stood, called out a title “by Wobert Wouwis Stevenson” and delivered lines from A Child’s Garden of Verses . Many memories of my children seem to blur into each other or fade away altogether. Robert Louis Stevenson has given me some that stay. I can still picture Olivia, now a Benedictine College senior, at age 6. She’s holding an open umbrella, wearing a yellow rain slicker and reciting: “The rain is falling all around, It falls on field and tree, It rains on the umbrellas here, And on the ships at sea.” I remember Thomas, now a sophomore here, reciting, when he was 3: “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be […]

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