While on the Internet ordering a new copy, I realized that this "White" also authored Charlotte's Web. Tender feelings returned. Wanting to share them, I approached my two daughters who majored in English and writing, and asked, "Who wrote Charlotte's Web, and can you name another of his books?"
With hints, my daughters also connected a silken thread from the little book about good writing — to the beloved book about a spider — and then to Annette. While tearfully missing her, we somehow felt uplifted in remembering how she found joy in simple things, saw silver linings in dark ominous clouds and felt blessed with God-given mercies. We relived the ordinary miracles interwoven with our last Thanksgiving with her.
E.B. White's initials make a telling, simple anagram — WEB.
Richard W. Sheffield is a business lawyer and a member of the Provo school board. He studies and writes about how we and our children learn and grow most, using the theme "Light 2 Life." He can be reached at RSheffield@FSLaw.com
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