Thank you to Dawn for hosting Wednesdays with Words! I've missed this and I'm glad to share again.
We are currently reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It's my first time through this beautiful little book and I'm finding that it's very sweet and quite refreshing.
My favorite passage so far (I've included more of the passage for context, but you can skip to the italicized part if you want - that's what I really wanted to share):
"... if you tame me, my life will be filled with sunshine. I'll know the sound of footsteps that will be different from all the rest. Other footsteps send me back underground. Yours will call me out of my burrow like music. And then, look! You see the wheat fields over there? I don't eat bread. For me wheat is of no use whatever. Wheat fields say nothing to me. Which is sad. But you have hair the color of gold. So it will be wonderful, once you've tamed me! The wheat, which is golden, will remind me of you. And I'll love the sound of the wind in the wheat..."
The fox fell silent and stared at the little prince for a long while. "Please... tame me!" he said.
"I'd like to," the little prince replied, "but I haven't much time. I have friends to find and so many things to learn."
"The only things you learn are the things you tame," said the fox. "People haven't time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends. If you want a friend, tame me!"
and then a bit later, more wisdom from the fox:
"People have forgotten this truth," the fox said. "But you mustn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed..."