“If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.” -Rosemarie Urquico
I just came in from dinner; a real dinner. It was not a rushed meal, no one was looking at the time, and the courses were not ordered with the appetizers. It was just two old friends discussing the past, present, and future. It was a romantic night, because although it was a friendly dinner, it truly did embrace all the principles of charm. Time stops, the wine gets savored, and everything and nothing is covered. At the end the night, you’re left with such a pleasant sensation in your chest that as you walk out to the end of the curb and breathe out all you think is “Man, it feels good to be alive.”
When I came home, I sat down to answer emails, and I found the quote above sitting in my inbox waiting to be read. It reminded me of something I heard recently. A quote by Albert Einstein,“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
I think that both quotes are one in the same, they encourage a break from reality. They encourage a bit of observing and a bit of dreaming. When following a story, I find there is always an inevitable reflection at the end, “was s/he happy?”
Maybe that’s why reading stories or fairy tales are so important. Whether it’s a corporate office in Chicago, an apartment in Miami, or a castle in a Shakespearean novel, we follow the character and root for him to make the right decisions; we follow him with the hope that he finds happiness.
Maybe it’s the avid reader’s craving of adventure and romance that will help them enjoy the affairs of the heart in different ways; where a walk home isn’t always just a walk home, and a dinner isn’t always just a dinner. As Urquico said, it’s about seeing the worlds beyond this one. It’s about recognizing the epic novels dancing on the sidelines of our days.
Perhaps, it’s with that addiction of reading of happy endings that we will find a way to cultivate our own happiness, without caring much for the dragons in the story (or in life). Though readers and fairy-talers may not be more successful, though their battles in life may not be fewer, maybe what they’ll have to offer is a whimsical flush of colored breath that will remind us, despite the simplest of settings, that it feels good to be alive. Because man, it really does sometimes, doesn’t it?
So make sure to keep someone around that reminds you of fairy tales and happy endings. You deserve it.
Have the brightest of days,