"Have a nice forever"

The bumper sticker slogan "Have a nice forever" got me thinking. "Forever," for a child who lives from moment to moment, would be just too long to wait for the next adventure. An adult, on the other hand, might think of "forever" as a prolonging of life that began for us here and extends indefinitely to immortality hereafter.

Thoughtful writers and poets throughout the ages have tried to express the truth of immortality. For instance, William Wordsworth, in his "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood," breaks through the barriers of time and gives us a glimpse of eternity. In one stanza the poet tells us:

December 30, 1991
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