Sometimes a book can just stick with you, like a song that gets filed away someplace so that even 5-10 years later you can hear the tune and vividly recall each and every word, as well as where you were when you first heard it. There are books like that too, ones that contain the great life’s lessons of this universe, and can be applied no matter what stage of life we are in. Charlotte’s Web is just such a read, in fact, I will go so far as to say that all I need to know about friendship, I learned from Charlotte’s Web.
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I learned about loyalty
“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 learned that some friends come in the most unexpected forms
“Well,” he thought, “I’ve got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is! Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty—everything I don’t like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?”
I learned that a friend can save your life
“You shall not die,” said Charlotte, briskly.
“What? Really?” cried, Wilbur. “Who’s going to save me?”
“I am,” said Charlotte.
“How?” asked Wilbur.
“That remains to be seen. But I am going to save you, and I want you to quiet down immediately. You’re carrying on in a childish way. Stop your crying! I can’t stand hysterics.”
I learned that friends see the best in you
“You’re terrific as far as I’m concerned,” replied Charlotte, sweetly, “and that’s what counts. You’re my best friend, and I think you’re sensational.”
In this fast paced world where we are often in a fight for the top of the ladder of success. We could all stand to learn a little something from Charlotte and Wilbur. The friendship portrayed in this children’s book is so endearing that many would say it can still bring a bit of a misty- eyed sentiment to the reader, years after the story has ended.
And I, for one, have to agree. I just recently watched the movie again with my son. He loved it, and I loved hearing the many life lesson the story entails all over again. Thank you, Charlotte’s Web, for allowing me to enjoy a wonderful story with my family and continue to grow as a person as well.