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Burllngtou Hawkeye. When you see a boy coming down the stroet with a ball of cord in his baud and a look on his serious face like tliat worn by tbc picture of au early Christian fatber standing in the arena waiting for the ncw lion to bo called to dinner, 'itisasign that if you justcast your eyesupward, you can see that boy 's kite dancing niinbly in tho air to the lascivious pleasing of n whole colony of telophone wires. When you seo a boy going along in the merry inerry suushine with his bat in his hand, shaking h3 hair with a pine stick to get it dry now and then leaning his head en one side, pounclering theother side with his hand aud practically kicking his feut !u the air, in desperate efforts to get the waterput of his cars; or when you see Lina holding a warm stonc to bis car for the same purpose, it is a true sign that you may think of that boy, by and by, standing speechless when bis mother asks him how his shirt carne to be wrong side 'out. You must notrun down thestreet in the direction of his home under the impression that the boy is being basely murdered. You can't kill a boy with a skate strap. And in hoc signoes you will know that boy has been swimrning when he shouid have been at school, learning thst "twenty-six propositions are followcd by the accusativc," all the way from ad to ultra. When you see a boy about fi:45 'p. ib. with ink on I is nose and the grime of chalk on Uis hand., his hair disheveled and the two upper buttons tf his jacket gone, his collar runipled and his necktie twisted away, and a suspicious looking flush and two or three scratches adoruing his face, you will know that he was "kep1 in" after school, and wastaunted tor the same by another boy whvn he camc out; and if you want to know the rest of it, it will not be necessary to go into particular?, but just ask him whicii whipped?" If a joyouï look rf triumph dances in the exultant cyes, you will know that just around tho corner you will find a boy with a bleeding nose and a generally demoralized faeado. But if the lad you question looks downcast, multis cum laührymie begins his orations, like Diuatiacus, by sawng: ',AVell, he was a great deal higger'n me," you know that your boy got "lieked," When you see a boy with tho pockets of his pantaloons buiging out until he looks like a great bumble bee, laden for the hive, while ho walks along trying to look as thin as a split lath, and weering a profound expression of supernatural innocence, you know, without referring to this code of signáis, that boy bas been lingering in sornebody's orchard. and doesn't care tohaveundue publicity given to facts that only concern r.ini personaliy. When yon sec a boy on the distant hillside, suddenly leap up into the soft summer air, holding one foot tenderly but lirmly in tbe wedded tingers of both hands, while he hops around in irregular but excited orbit?, at the same time voioing his grief witii wailing shrieks mellowed by the sunny distance, then without going to the teiephone, you may know that barefoot boy has trod on the busy bee that nestled in the perfumed clover. And wherever and whenever you see him, in niiscbief or out of it - that is. just coming out of it or just ïeady to get into süine more; awfully bad, or with man}1 tearfulfailures and disgraeeful stumbles trying to be good; forgetting your conuuandmetits which tluinder upon him by the hundred. well nigh as readily and repeatedly as you forgot tbe ten that iufinite wisdom bas laid upon you; in all his noise, his poor HltJe struggles, temptacions, triumphs and failures, his piteous littlo troubles aud his tearfn], honf-st penitenco, in all the lightness of a boy's life, your lieart must grow mellow and tender for the little germ of manhood, so full of wonderful possibilities, so rich with seods of strength that will ripen by and by, for good or ev!l, as you walk and live beforo the boy; ever as you look at him, remember what you we re thirty or forly yeai's ago, and say, "God bless the boy.'" A. writer says: "For a stimulant to every faculty givo me a strong enemy rather than a weakfriond." The trouble is that a good many people in vrant of a stimulant to erery iacultv, put the


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