Next week is the second Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) distribution of the year at my son's school. It will be a crazy but good week. I wrote about the first one back on October 26. I can't figure out how to do those nifty links back to specific posts even though I have post pages enabled but I'd encourage any new readers to go back there and dig that one up. And If you can tell me how to do those links I'd be obliged.
The short story is, every kid in the school gets a free book three times a year. I love books. I love seeing kids excited about books. I love when they realize they get to keep a book forever and their face lights up. I love this program. I've run it for 6 years. This will be my last year though since my youngest child moves on to a new school next year.
I had my own little RIF moment this week when a very good friend sent me some books. Among them was a copy of The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery. We both share it as our all-time favorite book. I had mentioned my horror at being unable to find my English copy of it recently (this book and the Bible are the only ones I own in more than one language). What a wonderful surprise to then receive a copy.
The Little Prince leaves his home, Asteroid B-612, in search of a true friend. He has left behind his beloved but vain rose as he travels other planets and finally comes to earth. He encounters many different people along the way but finds no friends. Everyone is too busy being serious and important. On earth he encounters a fox who teaches him the importance of being tamed. The fox and the Little Prince are like 1000 other foxes and boys to each other until they are tamed. Then they are unique in all the world to each other. But taming takes time. And once one is tamed, parting is a great sadness. The Little Prince wonders if taming is worth it if it brings such grief. The fox tells him it is because now the wheat fields will remind him of the Little Prince since they are the color of his hair. Before, the wheat fields meant nothing to the fox. The fox's teachings are distilled to 'That which you tame you are forever resonsible for' and 'That which is essential is invisible to the eye. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.'
I can't really do justice to this book with a synopsis. You can accuse me of being overly sentimental, that's ok (I cry every single time I read the chapter with the fox and every time I read the end). It's just a beautiful book. Go read this book.
In the meantime, tell me......What book do you go back to time and again that contains a life lesson you'd like to share?