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8. He Ain't Heavy

James Wells, Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland, tells the story of a little girl carrying a big baby boy in his 1884 book The Parables of Jesus. Seeing her struggling, someone asked if she wasn't tired. With surprise she replied: "No, he's not heavy; he's my brother."[1]

8. He Ain't Heavy

In a 1918 publication by Ralph Waldo Trine titled The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit, Trine relates the following anecdote: "Do you know that incident in connection with the little Scottish girl? She was trudging along, carrying as best she could a boy younger, but it seemed almost as big as she herself, when one remarked to her how heavy he must be for her to carry, when instantly came the reply: 'He's na heavy. He's mi brither.'"[2]

In the 1940s, the words, adapted as "He ain't heavy, Father, he's my brother", were taken as a slogan for Boys Town children's home by founder Father Edward Flanagan.[3] According to the Boys Town website, the phrase as used by Boys Town was said to Fr. Flanagan in 1918 by one of the residents while carrying another up a set of stairs. The boy being carried is said to have had polio and worn leg braces.[4]

It's a long, long roadFrom which there is no returnWhile we're on the way to thereWhy not shareAnd the loadDoesn't weigh me down at allHe ain't heavy he's my brotherHe's my brotherHe ain't heavy, he's my brother

I went back and forth a lot on whether an a6xxx would make a good smaller, lighter casual-use complement to my a7RIII. In the end, the lack of a "tiny series" line of sharp, small f1.8 primes for APS, combined with the fact that my a7RIII with 28-60 was already nicely portable and capable of much higher resolution, led me to settle at a lower level with an FZ1000 MkII, which offsets its slightly lower image quality with excellent controls, a good-size EVF, a touchscreen that actually works, and a zoom range that covers pretty much anything I might come across in my wanderings. It ain't small, but it ain't heavy, and any smaller but similarly versatile alternative still wouldn't fit in a pocket. 041b061a72


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