I saw this in the ETR Newsletter today.
A group of students was asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall
While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.”
The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”
The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:
1. To see
2. To hear
3. To touch
4. To taste
5. To feel
6. To laugh
7. And to love.”
Read the whole article: The Other Seven Wonders of the World
Update: I received the following from a reader:
The original author of the vignette about the girl writing her own version of the Seven Wonders is Joy Garrison Wasson. She taught English in Muncie, IN for over thirty years. She died last October passed away Thursday, October 15, 2009, at Ball Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was only 62. Please acknowledge her as the source of the story. Thanks!
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