When a child gets baptized, often times it is customary that the Church assigns this young person a biblical scripture.
As the child grows and develops, during times of solace they can have that verse to see them through adversity.
When I got to fly out to NYC to pimp my dog biscuit cookbook on Martha Stewart, Finley sent me away with this poem as a gift.
MINNESOTAN IN NEW YORK
When I landed at LaGuardia
It was seventy degrees
All I needed was a thin jacket
For three days I walked the streets
Leery of beggars who seemed to know something
And, shadowy figures lurking in doorways
But when the temperatures began to fall
The canyon gusts blew plastic sacks like ghostly luggage
I came into my own
I am more used to winter than them
It is my element
Walking into wind and swinging my computer case at my side All along Sixth Avenue phalanxes of muggers and murders part
Melted from their purpose by sled dog eyes
Urgent and cheerful on a cold-cold night
To this day.....this is my favorite poem.