Sunday rest

Sunday morning I woke in the early light to see Isaac sitting in our bedroom. He was clutching his lamb and waiting for someone to wake up. I beckoned him to bed, and he curled up next to me. I wrapped my arms around him and snuggled him in tight. His bare little arms and legs were cool. He relaxed in my embrace, and was asleep in moments. I lay there, entranced by the bliss of knowing this sleeping child believes there is no safer place, of hearing his gentle breathing, of feeling the warmth of my wife against my back.

Ten minutes later, after being kicked twice in the groin, having both arms fall asleep from the Isaac-Wife vise-grip, and feeling my core body temperature hit approximately 300 degrees from these two human heat generators on either side of me, I decided to get up and work on the tractor.

Yes, I know it was Sunday. But I think Jesus would understand. Sometimes work is more restful than rest.


  1. JD Stuart

    Tony, this is totally unrelated to this post, but I have a book recommendation for you: “The Soul of Baseball,” by Joe Posnanski, one of my favorite baseball writers. You’ve mentioned an affinity for the game before. The book’s about the author’s travels with then-93-year-old Buck O’Neil, a former player and manager in the Negro Leagues who spent much of his life trying to instill in the general public a proper appreciation for the league and its players. It’s a very funny and moving book, and I think you’d enjoy it. I cried in just about every other chapter.

  2. betsy hart

    Hi Tony – Loved your recent WSJ piece. I’d love to have you as a guest on my Chicago based radio show, “It Takes a Parent” – can you get in touch with me via e-mail at your earliest convenience?


    Betsy Hart
    syndicated columnist,Scripps Howard News
    Host, “It Takes a Parent”

  3. Linda Wolpert Smith

    Good morning, Tony: this is in reference to your WSJ article. It is a from an article in “Communio” entitled, “The Gift of Simplicity”. The “simplicity” in the title refers to a “filial attitude that rests assured in the intimate awareness that I belong to my father’s house.” … “Only a son can work well because only the son works gratuitously and only he who works gratuitously is capable of loving his work as something that has value in itself.” This brief quotation cannot in any way do justice to the full essay. It is to be found in the Winter 2007 edition of “Communio”. You affirm Marx’s understanding of man’s natural creativity and his assertion that “Man, ….produced in acordance with the laws of beauty.” If Marx had only gone further and tried to understand what is the source of these “laws of beauty”, the world might have been spared the slaughter of “millions of humans” which resulted from his “toxic government prescriptions”. If you would be interested in reading a quotation from Charles Peguy on “honor in work”, please email and I will send it. LWS

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