We finally finshed reading Charlotte's Web today. I say "finally" because we started it in August and then somewhere along the way we lost the book. I found it yesterday and made sure we finished it in a hurry so we could move on to the next one on the list that we should have read the first week of September, but I digress…
I have two favorite quotes from Charlotte's Web that I remember loving the first couple of times I read this book. They are worthy of sharing and so I wil.
Unless you've been under a literary rock, you probaby have a general idea of the story of Charlotte and Wilber. At the very end of the story, right before Charlotte informs Wilber she's about to die, they have this conversation:
"Oh, Charlotte," he said. "To think that when I first met you I thought you were cruel and bloodthirsty!"
When he recovered from his emotion, he spoke again.
"Why did you do all this for me? he asked. "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 traping 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."
This speaks to me on a very deep level. In this age of keeping things even and people not being able to serve one another without exchange of like-service in return, I long for lasting friendships that say, "You know what? What is life? We live a little while and then we die. It's messy. It's complicated. And if I can do anything at all to easy the mess and complication in your life, even for a few hours, that's what I want to be about."
Then there's the classic from the very last page:
"It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."
Do you have any favorite quotes on friendship?