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patter of little feet, the

The presence of small children. This now usually ironic or satiric reference to the presence or imminent arrival of offspring was originally a bit of Victorian sentimentalism, as in Lord Ronald Sutherland-Gower’s Reminiscences (1883): “The patter of little feet, and the unconscious joyousness of children.”
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I have become attuned to the patter of little feet in the dark.
Last Christmas, the house they built in Creswell was filled completely with the patter of little feet. And Gommy, as the little ones call her, loved every minute of it.
Wayne Rooney could soon hear the patter of little feet - and I don't mean from his Man Utd team-mates.
Apart from the additional stresses, strains and sleep deprivation that they bring, there's nothing more joyous and life-changing than the patter of little feet in the home.
THE patter of little feet ought to be a joyous cause for celebration, but not for Mike.
Former OC star Mischa has sent out a "come and get me" plea to "normal" blokes, while Charlize is said to be ready for the patter of little feet.
And the patter of little feet proved too much for fellow colleagues who spent the morning admiring the latest arrivals.
But it is important that articles such as these lead to a society where women who choose to have babies later on should be given every possible help to achieve the patter of little feet, not in order to bully women into entering the world of motherhood before they are ready to do so for fear of being stigmatised unfairly as a selfish have-it-all.
The Greatest Prize ``If you have a warm home to live in, Maybe only two up and two down, Two loving arms that enfold you And whispering words to pick you up when you are down, The patter of little feet running to meet you When they see you from work coming home, Eyes shining with love and laughter, Calling to mum that you'rehome.
And as she doesn't go through with the abortion, we will hear the patter of little feet soon in the Dales - from a most unexpected source.
Longfellow's legacy has been almost reduced to the astonishing number of his lines that have come into common use: "Ships that pass in the night," "The patter of little feet," "Into each life some rain must fall," "Footprints on the sands of time," "When she was good, she was very, very good."
Gordon, a man you can imagine believes children should be taxed and not heard, has discovered the patter of little feet is a genuine joy - at least when there is an election due.
Many plex-goers are familiar with the phenomenon of a film starting in a half-empty theater, followed three minutes later-- after ushers have vacated their posts -- by the patter of little feet and a suddenly nearcapacity crowd.
Here, at any rate, are "Paul Revere's Ride" and "The Wreck of the Hesperus," "Excelsior!" and other poems that have added phrases to the language: "the children's hour," "the patter of little feet," "something attempted, something done." "The Raven" is still a marvel of linguistic ingenuity at a time when that was in short supply.
THE patter of little feet brings joy to any family.