How Many Boys?

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“One boy is a boy.  Two boys is half a boy.  Three boys is no boy at all.”

–              Loren Stark, my late grandfather, who’d have turned 118 years old today

Grandpa, whom everyone knew as “Starky,” had the quote above to offer whenever I told him that I was going to bring a couple buddies along to “help with some work” on the farm.

Mary Poppins’ “spoon full of sugar” aside, ultimately, it comes down to whether we get things done or not.  Where we really need extra “boys,” let’s engage them, and make sure they know their share of the work.  But if all they’re going to do is distract us, and, oh, I don’t know, have us end up skipping gravel across the pond (not that THAT ever happened…), let’s tackle it on our own.

If three of us can make a bigger difference in three different places, then those places are where we ought to be.

 

 


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