Gulley, Philip. Front Porch Tales. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Books, 1997.
Philip Gulley: Anecdotes About Kids
Quaker (aka Friend) minister Philip Gulley has a number of anecdotes about his children: 1) Someone in the church gave Spencer a nativity set for his second Christmas. Spencer immediately began to dip a wise man in ketchup and then lick it. Philip’s wife told Spencer, “Honey, don’t dip the wise man in the ketchup.” 2) Their oldest son wanted two gifts for his third birthday: a tricycle, and the entire Walmart toy department. 3) Their oldest son once got so many toys for his birthday that, overwhelmed by the many, many options of toys to play with, he cried. 4) His two-year-old liked stars, so one Father’s Day Philip Gulley got a Bar Mitzvah card. By the way, Philip Gulley knows the Biblical passage “Spare the rod and spoil the child,” which many people think advocates spanking, but he is also aware of the Biblical passage “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” so he thinks “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is really about gentle guidance.
Source: Philip Gulley, Front Porch Tales, pp. 84, 90-91, 95-96, 98.
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