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Little boys need backyards

Lucas, who is seven, and his buddy have been playing in the backyard all day. I heard the words “we’re making a catapult,” but didn’t dare to go out and see what was going on. A short time ago, his pal went home, and Lucas presented himself to me. His sweatpants were as you see above. His hands were absolutely filthy. “I have at least five splinters!” he said, as if he were talking about gold doubloons.

“Did you have fun today?” I asked.

“Oh yeah!”

It’s nice to have a backyard again.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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