My Monday must-read this week is a children’s book, but I think the lessons taught in it can be applied throughout life.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is the tale of Wilbur, a pig, Fern, the little girl who befriends him, and Charlotte, a spider.
When Wilbur is set to be put out to pasture, so to speak, Fern is desperate to not lose him. Much to her surprise, Charlotte takes it upon herself to save her young little piglet friend.
With messages woven in her web, Charlotte saves Wilber’s life by making him famous.
The story really showcases the power of sacrifice for friendship and the value of a true friend.
Friends are some of the most valuable possessions we have in life and they should be treasured. This story reminds us of that.
E.B. White is also a great writer. Some of his other works, like The Trumpet of the Swan, showcase the value of being unique and other important lessons for children to understand and learn. (And then quickly forget by the time they reach an age where mean girl tactics/bullying are a means of survival.)
Even if you don’t have a young child, rereading Charlotte’s Web can be an important reminder of the value of a true friend.