I’ve been working on my novel this afternoon & for quite a few years now, might I add.
Any who, I decided to take a quick pause & read over Le Petite Prince, one of my favourite childhood books. Because – if there is anything I like as much as writing, & dreaming, you know that it is reading.
& this quote, that can be found on the fourth chapter, particularly picked at my attention:
“If I have told you these details about the asteroid, and made a note of its number for you, it is on account of the grown-ups and their ways. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead, they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?” Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.”
Well, it tugged on my heartstrings. & left me wondering, in such a way, that I wanted to be sure not to forget, so I’m writing about it. For – it is true – as we grow up, we can’t help but forget.
&, if I ever decide to have children, I will not let myself forget this. & I will ask of their friends, who they are & what they have learned about them.
Side note: The Little Prince has always reminded me of Peter Pan. Do you see the resemblance? I wonder if J.M. Barrie & Antoine de Saint-Exupéry were both speaking of the same little boy.
Le petite B.