Quote Of The Week: Charlotte’s Web
In honor of E.B. White’s birthday (his 113th), the book I am quoting this week is the classic tear-jerker, Charlotte’s Web. So many people have a connection to Charlotte’s Web, be it the book or one of the movie adaptations. Personally, the 1973 animated movie is near and dear to my heart because it was one of the first movies to make me cry. (That part where all of Charlotte’s babies leave Wilbur always got to me.) Mr. White respected children’s intellects, and was not afraid to show them the darker parts of existence (such as the inevitability of death) along with the good (friendship, etc). Charlotte’s Web is a novel that continues to touch generations of children.
“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”