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Timing and Time



We let Lucas stay with his grandfather during Saturday’s reading from The Little Way Of Ruthie LemingOf my children, he was the one closest to Aunt Ruthie. We knew he couldn’t handle the emotion of the event any more than my father could. They made good companions while the rest of us were at the event.

Afterward, I drove out to Starhill to pick up Lucas. On the way back, we stopped at the post office to let him run in to get the mail. He came back to the car waving the current issue of Time magazine. Here’s the cover:


Know what that little boy said, so sweetly, and so sadly? “Why couldn’t they have published this a couple of years ago?”


about the author

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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