Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Corner Quote: Just David

On National Book Lovers Day, Cocoa suggested Just David by Eleanor H. Porter as a book to love. I requested the book through inter-library loan and enjoyed reading it.

David is a young man whose father trained him to be a violinist and to see his life as an instrument in the Orchestra of Life. His father, who is quiet ill, dies as he is bringing from their mountain home. David is kind and innocent in the ways of the village. He loves to go for hike and to play his violin to "sing his song" when David doesn't have the words to sing.

David's father leaves him a note at this death counseling his son:
David, my boy [read Higgins aloud], in the far country I am waiting for you. Do not grieve, for that will grieve me. i shall not return, but some day you will come to me, your violin at your chin,  and the bow drawn across the strings to greet me. See that it tells me of the beautiful world you have left- for it is a beautiful world, David; never forget that. And if sometime you are tempted to think it is not a beautiful world, just remember that you yourself can make it beautiful if you will.
You are among new faces, surrounded by things and people that are strange to you. Some of them you will not understand; some of them you may not like. But do not fear, DAvid, and do not plead to go back to the hills. Remember this, my boy, - in your violin lie all the things you long for. You have only to play, and the broad skies of your mountain home will be over you, and the dear friends and comrades of your mountain forests will be about you.
Daddy.

David goes about the town with his beautiful world perspective and changes the lives of the people around him through his violin. He is not aware of the changes he is bringing to their lives.

I hope that I too can bring joy to people by my part in the "Orchestra of Life" and not bring too much "discord."

1 comment:

Sue said...

What lovely words.

"You have only to play, and the broad skies of your mountain home will be over you, and the dear friends and comrades of your mountain forests will be about you."

And it's true!

=)