My husband is a history teacher, Seinfeld aficionado and movie buff. We spend an embarrassing amount of time communicating with each other through quotes. Now that the girls have caught onto this general strangeness, we don’t just speak in our alien language, we are now writing it on sticky notes and hiding our favorite sayings in random places for each other to find. Lunchboxes, in the middle of books that my girls are in the process of reading, book bags, pants pockets, drawers, behind picture frames…these words of wisdom will be popping up for years to come. Sometimes I do silly excerpts from movies that we’ve watched, inspirational words to inspire us all or simply a note stating something I appreciate about them.
Here’s a quick list of my favorite quotes.
“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong” — Benjamin Franklin
“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you found out why.” — Mark Twain
“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” — Charles Swindell
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Christopher Columbus
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn
And, one of my all-time favorite quotes is from The Velveteen Rabbit: “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” — Margery Williams
Make it more of a challenge and place the quotes but leave out who said it. That way they have to do a little research! It inspires creativity, keeps us all connected and gives everyone something to look forward to finding. This is a fun birthday idea too. When my husband turned forty, I covered the (entire) interior of his car with sticky notes of Seinfeld quotes. He’s still finding them buried in strange places.
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