Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Life By The (Children's) Book

Though I definitely pride myself on trying to live my life by following the blueprint set forth in THE Book, once in a while I have to smile at how the wisdom and truisms laid forth in children's books become part of our lexicon and help guide us through or merely find the most succinct way to express and define, the hills and valleys of life.

Take this week for instance. I arrived at work one day to find that an event which had taken place the previous night, had really left the premises in a state. All I could think of ways, "... and this mess is so big and so deep and so tall, that we cannot clean it up, there is no way at all...." (give yourself props for knowing the source immediately)

Then last evening, after a brutal workday following a crazy week of muddling through without the best office-mate I've ever had the privilege of working with - I was faced with the daunting task of trying to rally my energy for a much needed exercise workout. I began to channel my inner Watty Piper - "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."

What is it about these children's books that resonate with us decades after they cease being a nightly bedtime ritual?

What phrases have stayed with YOU through the years?


FBB said...

"Speak up, Blanche"

-Emily Arnold McCully

and really about 5,000 things from Charles M. Schulz

yekkishe bekishe said...

Sounds more like The Cat in the Hat to me.

Mystery Woman said...

Every time my son would come home with an animal that he'd beg to keep, I'd remind him that "a people house has things like chairs...things like roller skates and stairs." That was NOT his favorite book!

G6 said...

Mystery Woman -