The Magic of Words That Frighten and Sustain Him

  • Frank G. Jennings


When the baby begins to cruise the world in his crib he discovers magic. He has only to scream the word mama into the fastness of the night and Mama will materialize, full-blown and real. He has only to pronounce the word for water and she fetches it from beyond the darkness. He has only to say ’fraid and she melts his fears in her arms.


Semantic Orientation High School Youth Awesome Power Infant Thinking Recognizable Problem 
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