There is good reason to weep today, but I’m teary about a gorgeous parable. Paul Gallico wrote “The Snow Goose” in 1940 after English civilians evacuated 198,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. In this 5,000-word short story, one of those civilian sailors is a 27-year old artist — a hunchback, a recluse — who befriends a 12-year-old girl. She’s rescued a wounded snow goose. He heals it. Over the years, compassion becomes intimacy, intimacy becomes love, and love triumphs over death. Click to my review to figure out how many packs of Kleenex you and your kids may need.

The Snow Goose