Sunday June 19, 2019 (Fathers Day)

A child, more than all other gifts
That earth can offer to declining man
,Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts.

—William Wordsworth
  British poet (1770-1850)

Source: “Michael:Pastoral Poem” in Collected Poems (buy from Amazon)

The Boston Globe’s editors and I agreed in December 2015 that Reflection for the Day will no longer appear in the newspaper, ending a 32-year run since the feature was launched by visionary Boston Globe editor Tom Winship. I will continue to publish the Reflections on this website every day, including most Sundays, into 2016 and beyond. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. —Thomas Fitzpatrick