With the new year here in the Doucette Library comes the quote jar. It's back out on the reference desk and filled with a heap of thoughts from all sorts of people...some famous or infamous, some alive some less so (Where does Homer Simpson fall on this continuum?). Lots of deep thoughts -- supposedly.
If you're local stop by and take one.
And that's how I'll start this year's postings - with an interesting quote from a book I read over the Christmas break. From Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass, page 157:
He smiles and pats me on the shoulder. He points to the apple in my hand and says, " A wise man once remarked that we can count how many seeds are in the apple, but not how many apples are in the seed. Do you know what he meant by that?"I shake my head."Before an apple seed is planted, no one will know how many apples will one day sprout from it. It's all about potential, and potential is hidden from all of us until we embrace it, find our purpose, plant ourselves so we can grow. I am certain you will find what you are looking for, Jeremy. Many blessings upon your head."
I love the idea of potential, of something that is almost there, of something that could be really brilliant, creative, funny, stimulating, all encompassing, sad, hopefully not disastrous. You get the drift. And it's using an apple as a metaphor - just like this blog. Great way to start the year, I'd say.
Looking forward to 2015. How about you?
I'd recommend the book for middle grades, by-the-way.