Children of the Pioneers recited.
Recitation was an important skill and art.
It was taught in school and rewarded in contests.
Bible passages, (not just verses) 
Addresses such as the one from Gettysburg,
and poetry were part of all public ceremonies
and might be called for in the Sunday afternoon parlor.
The child, standing stiff, chin up, hands clasped behind their back
would bring forth their latest work.

Charlotte had a favorite Poem,
From Edgar Albert Guest - 
knows as "The Peoples Poet."

Edgar A Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done.
But he, with a chuckle, replied
That maybe it couldn't, but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so 'till he'd tried.

So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed, "Oh you'll never do that.
At least no one ever has done it."
But he took off his coat, and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without doubting or quid-dit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophecy failure.
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a trace of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it.
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done ... and you'll do it! 


Hello Friend.

As you go through life, you will find a great chasm. Jump. It is narrower than you think.

I am sorry I cannot give a source for this.
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