The Little Prince

So over the course of a semester, I read an intriguing book for grown-ups disguised as a children’s book. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Front cover of the book.

I was recommended this book by a friend who was on the same mission trip as I was on during last summer. I was skeptical at first, expecting it to be a simple story, and yes it was, on the surface anyway. Antoine was very clever in the way he portrayed his ideas. He used two main characters, the narrator and the little prince to show the contrast between an adult and a child. More specifically he talks about the respective ways in which an adult and a child views the world.

Antoine brings up many great themes such as the dangers of narrow-mindedness and the responsibilities that come with relationships. These themes left me pondering where I stand in how I handle relationships and my degree of narrow-mindedness now that I close in on the age of 21. Definitely an eye-opener and something I should think about more.

This book also has some very wonderful quotes. Here are a couple of my favourites.

“But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all of the world”

“But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart…”

I highly recommend this book. Some advice would be to take it slow. Let the images fill your mind and imagine you are sitting along side the narrator. The journey the little prince brings you on is something that you shouldn’t miss a second of.

Wait What? That Was A Lie?

I can’t believe it took me 20 years to finally realize. To realize that it was all a lie. Let me show you what I’m talking about.

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“An eraser that erases both pen ink and pencil led”

Over dinner, a friend of mine asked “You know those double sided erasers back in the day with the one side with another color? What were they for?”. With much confidence I answered “It erases ink from a pen!”. Everyone at the table looked at me, a couple holding back laughter. I later found out that the colored side was used on rough thick paper, it did not erase ink. Thanks Google.

I don’t remember who told me that when I was young but I’ve held onto this lie until just recently. Maybe my 5 year old brain had dreamt this idea up. This got me thinking, what other lies have I told myself as a child?. I’ve compiled a few of my favorites below.

  1.  Cats are female dogs.
    It just made so much sense as a child. Dogs were always male, and cats were always female. Maybe that was due to television.

  2. A kiss on the lips could get someone pregnant.
    So you can imagine how shocked I was every time someone kissed on a TV show.

  3. 3. If you wrapped yourself in your blankets nothing could hurt you.
    Well I still feel pretty safe wrapped up warm and snug in bed as a 20 year old. I guess I’m still a kid at heart.

If I thought these things up in my own head, I wonder what silly things I would have said out loud. On an entirely different note, all this reminiscing brings me back to a song I feel my Mum had introduced to me.

It’s Been A Year

It’s been a year since this photo.

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Front steps of the Auckland museum

Here’s a little background. So about a year ago I met this girl, “R”, who happened to be over here in New Zealand for an exchange. Little did I know that this adventure of chasing the moon (there was a lunar eclipse that night) would lead to many more spontaneous, late night, straight-up random shenanigans (spending $12.00 on Kinder Surprises included). Now, that may have given off quite the negative vibe but oh how much I had enjoyed these antics. 

Those times take me back a couple years to high school, back to when there were no cares in the world, running through the streets playing tag at 2:00 AM in the morning. Part of me tells me to go out and do reckless things like that during this time I have to prepare for my last exam this semester, instead I’m sitting here on my phone going down memory lane. It surprises me to think back at how much I have changed since high school, how I have fallen into routine, forgetting to make use of the youth I have (and I don’t mean YOLO). R really helped me to realize this, reminded me the thrill and excitement of spontaneity. 

Even though R had left New Zealand, it is still amazing to be keeping in touch with her even though it’s a long distance friendship. Maybe it’s because we are family, brother and sister in Christ, to know that even though we may or may not lose contact someday that we will see each other in heaven, but this time:

                                  “run(ning) through Heaven’s brilliant streets of gold,                                                                                       Shouting “Hallelujah, Christ!” alone. ”                                                                                           – // I Know – Kings Kaleidoscope