It used to be every other summer my mom, my sister, and I would go to Gau Algesheim, Germany to visit my grandparents. I always felt like a brat when I would complain about these trips- poor me, being forced to go to Europe- but they weren't fun. The trips weren't for me, they were for my mom. My grandparents live on a farm with no TV, no computer, and no phone, so while my mom was reconnecting with her roots me and my sister were each others sole entertainment, and by day 10 we were always sick of eachother, and sick of aimlessly wandering narrow streets in a town that makes Bountiful look like New York City. So I'd read. I could never bring my own books because my little carry-on back pack was 'necessities only', so I read the only English books I could find, my mom's old ESL books. And this super pointless introduction is how I came to read the Little Prince.
This isn't a summary or a book report. This is trying to explain what that book means to me. There are some works that just speak to the individual - that make you feel like the author knew you better than yourself, and said what you wanted to say more beautifully than you ever could. For my sister it's the Giving Tree, for my friend it's Inherit the Wind, for me it's the Little Prince- some random story that thousands of German students were forced to read that I happened to pick up on day 12 of a particularly uneventful Gau Algesheim vacation.
It's like after I've a had bad day - or it doesn't even have to be a bad day- it's like after I've a had a day that's like any other day (and that might be the problem) but for some reason life seems harder and I just need to sit in my car and listen to Vienna and realize I feel what I feel and that's great, but life is big so get over it and be happy. The Little Prince is that. It's like importance without expectation, and being a kid and not really being aware of anything while still being a adult and having an awareness and apprectiation for the unawarness. Even just thinking about it now makes me feel motivated, makes me want to paint pictures and solve problems and join the peace corp and just live my life in a way that a fictional character would understand.
I saw the Lorax and that's what got me thinking about kid's stuff that's really for adults- just explaining this post I guess.