Quotable Timeless Tuesdays: COMPANIONSHIP

Portada del Viaje del Parnaso, de Cervantes

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“Tell me thy company and I will tell thee what thou art.”Miguel de Cervantes (whose famous book…that every student taking 4th year Spanish has to read…details the travels of an old man with his faithful companion)

As infants, our companions were our mothers and fathers and older siblings.

“Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals, walking around lonely.”Benjamin Franklin

As children, our world expanded to include friends, classmates, teachers and relatives.

“We have lived and loved together.

Through many changing years,

We have shared each other’s gladness,

And wept each other’s tears.” – Charles Jefferys

As adults, we often choose someone to be our life-long companion.

“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”Mark Twain

But whether it is a long-standing marriage or a friendship between children, it is the companionship that is the foundation of the relationship.

“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.”Joanne Woodward

My husband and I have been married over 43 years, and I can tell you that a sense of humor is so important in a marriage or in any relationship between two people, be they husband and wife or parent and child.

“The first duty of love is to listen.”Paul Tillich

Listening is one of the cornerstones in the Positive Parental Participation approach to parenting.  Young children have a lot to say and they need to be heard.  When we listen, we validate their self-worth and help build their self-esteem.

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