Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events books) said in an interview, “You never really love a book like you love a book when you’re 9 years old.” For me, that was Charlotte’s Web, a book that changed how I (and millions of others) saw the world. I think about this little tale a lot and all its life lessons. Author E.B. White described his book as “a story of friendship and salvation on a farm.” He also once told a young reader that, “In real life, a spider doesn’t spin words in her web…But real life is only one kind of life–there is also the life of the imagination. And although my stories are imaginary, I like to think that there is some truth in them, too–truth about the way people and animals feel and think and act.” Sure, in real life words to live by aren’t usually found in webs. But, still, most of us do try to be radiant and terrific, don’t you think? Personally, I’d consider it the highest compliment if a friend just called me “Some Pig.”

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