Monkeyshines

Everything a Baby Needs to Know

In the weeks before the arrival of the Little Monkey, I encountered the same Kurt Vonnegut quote twice, independently, as I bimbled around the internet. I wasn’t even looking for anything to do with Vonnegut or babies, and yet here was a wonderful quote that captured my feelings almost exactly. It’s from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (which I’ve not read, but have now ordered…):

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies – God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”


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