Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Jul 10 1955, Page 34

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - July 10, 1955, Florence, South Carolina child to Independent i by Gilbert p. Law author of so much to learn this Happy family group includes the author his wife Loretto and son when i started to carry him up the Steps of the overpass on our Way to the Park on his second fourth of july John cried no so Loretto and i waited while he climbed the Steps slowly one at a time. That i was Able to smile at this declaration of Independence marked a major achievement for me. I had finally Learned to accept my son s right to life Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. Feed him love leave him Loretto had instructed when she first went Back to her Law office and left me working at Home As a free Lance writer in charge of our five month old son. At the time i had no idea How hard it would be to learn to leave him How often i d have to learn it it was such a temptation to help i him. But almost from the first he i wanted to do things himself. Before he i could hold the soap he insisted on i washing his own hands. He struggled i to get the top off the tooth paste and he tried and tried to dry himself after i his Bath. He tried to dress too pushing both arms through the Neckband and both legs in one legging. How i wished he d just let me do it i for weeks after he began holding his own spoon to feed himself it taxed i my self control to let him do it. He took so Long. And so often he missed his Mouth and put the strained or peaches in his hair. How else can he Loretto asked. What better time than he wants she encouraged. In this Story of one father who Learned to recognise an infant s right to Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. Loretto brought Home a big plastic bib and i allotted More time for meals. When i set the table i added a Wash a rag for him and a mop for the floor a shortly after Loretto put us on our own John Learned to crawl and it was then that i began to appreciate infant s magnificent urge to Independence. He was so determined to do it and he got so mad for his size when he failed. But he did t Stop trying until he had mastered it. R not Long after this accomplishment John and i shared one of our triumphs and greatest trials. It Wasj a Triumph for him. It was a trial fori me. He Learned to climb info a Chairl trying to concentrate on my work i could t help seeing him out of the Corner of my Eye stretching and family weekly Magazine july 10. 1955

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