Quote of the Day: The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My first born son turned 17 this weekend. He recently read “Catcher” and posted this quote on his facebook page. I think he really liked the book. He said that he plans to post a quote from good books that he reads. Hmm. That sounds familiar.
He once asked me if I had posters of rock stars on the walls of my bedroom when I was a girl. I said, “No, I wasn’t in love with rock stars. But, Nancy (my sister) had pictures up of all the stars. Her room was wall-papered with ripped out pages of Teen magazine.”
“What did you have you your walls, Mom…horses?”
“Well, yes,” I said. “How did you know?”
Bobby rolled his eyes. “There’s two kinds of girls. Those who are in love with rock stars and those who love horses.”
He had it figured out by age 14.
He’s a scholarly fellow, this first born son. He likes good literature, thinking games, deep discussions, historical films, and technology. We went to The King’s Speech together. I thought it was more of a gift to me, but he really liked it, and we talked about it afterwards. It’s a great movie about a man who never thought he’d be good enough to be king, or give inspiring speeches, or appear strong. But, he did. In making himself vulnerable to a commoner with great instincts and caring, he conquered fear.
Seventeen years ago, I was a new mom. He was born at noon on a Saturday, 9 lbs. 3oz. and ready for lunch. Both of us opened our eyes to new life and all the possibilities.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: What posters or decorations did you have in your childhood bedrooms? When did life take on new meaning for you?
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He sounds wise beyond his few years. HB to your boy! :O)
I loved Jason Bateman and Corey Hart in my teen years. :O)
Diane, I wore my sunglasses at night too!
Mary, my firstborn was born on a Saturday afternoon and was 9 pounds. 🙂 I couldn’t quite get him out by noon.
Love your stories and hearing about Bobby, a good babysitter and all-around great guy! 🙂
Happy Birthday to your son! Children definitely bring on new meaning, and sunshine, into our days 🙂
Happy birthday to your son! (and he has such wonderful attributes!)
Many blessings to him and to you, his mom 🙂
ps. We weren’t allowed to hang posters in our rooms.
Pss. Every day life takes on a new meaning!
Happy Birthday to your son! He sounds very wise & mature. That is wonderful. That little quote he said about horses & rock stars is very funny and very true!
I really enjoyed reading this post. Besides it being entertaining, it is also very well-written.
I remember I had a poster of the Monkees when I was a kid. And yes, I wore my sunglasses at night too!
I can only hope that if I have kids they will be inspired by Salinger quotes. And go with me to movies when they are 17.
Happy Birthday to your son! It sounds like the two of you have a good connection 😀
I loved the King’s Speech. Went and saw it Friday night before the Oscars. One of my new favorites!
My walls didn’t have rocks stars or horses. I had pictures and maps from National Geographic on my walls!
Happy birthday to your son! Doing things together binds strong relationships.
oh, what a lovely boy. you should be proud, friend. i can only pray my son grows up to want to post quotes from good literature on his facebook wall. xo
Happy Belated birthday to both of you….
I had some posters when I was very young, Donny Osmond of course.
But my first poem was about a horse.. Black Beauty.
I wonder what that says about me?
congrats again on the play. you rock , Mary.
Aw… what a beautiful post. Happy birthday to your son. It was so cute that he figured out you had posters of horses on your wall…hehehe He is a smart young man. It’s so good that you both got to enjoy such a great movie.