Wednesday, February 10, 2010

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

So in the midst of "Snowpocalypse 3.0" (i.e., the third blizzard in the DC area this winter - we've surpassed the old record for snow totals and we're still in the middle of this storm with another one looming early next week!), I wanted to share a couple of quotes I noticed for the first time a few days ago as I re-read a favorite book from my childhood - E.L. Konigsburg's "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler."

"Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around."


"I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It's hollow."

I've always felt sorry for folks who shun good children's literature, music, and movies. There is a whole lot of very simple, but very profound, wisdom packed into those media. Granted, it takes some effort to wade through the crap that's also out there, but find the good stuff. It's worth it. Even (maybe especially) as an adult.


Rose said...

Love it. Looks like I've got another book to add to my list.

CaptainConundrum said...

You make me happy. The world needs more cool people like you.

Frugal Friend said...

I like the quotes too!

We lived in Manassas VA before moving down here in FL. And the most snow I ever remeber was 1ft. So enjoy the snow for us!

Happy Valentines!

thecoolmom said...

I love that book. Thanks for reminding me about it. I'm putting that on my read-aloud list.

SusanC said...

That's a great book. My dd is finally taking my advice and reading "The Jungle Book." She's shocked that she's enjoying it.

MrsJenB said...

As you said, the most simple things can be the most profound. But we grow up and forget all about them. So that's why I smiled so wide when I read this post. Thank you, thank you!

And for the record, most of what I've learned in life that actually matters has come from Laura Ingalls Wilder.