I stumbled upon this passage not too long ago while enjoying Charlotte’s Web with the youngest daughter:
Wilbur asks: “Why did you do all this for me? I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.”
“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “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.”
Isn’t that beautiful? Passages like it from books considered classics allow me to focus very intently on what our children read, and why. Have you ever thought about what makes a good book, well, a good book? See more in my contribution to Home Educating Family’s blog. Be blessed, dear friends.