This week’s quote comes from the new love of my life, Mr. Neil Gaiman, and his beautiful book Stardust.
“Adventures are all very well in their place, he thought, but there’s a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.”
I love this quote. If you have ever read Stardust, Tristan says this while finding himself stuck up on a cloud with no way down. He starts thinking about how the characters in adventure stories he had read were never hungry. How funny is that? He is in his own adventure story, stuck up on a freaking cloud, and is thinking about food.
It makes you think though, doesn’t it? We all read the stories we do because we want adventure in our lives. We want to be stuck up on a cloud with no way down. But unlike the characters in these stories, if we feel the pang of hunger or pull of sleep we simply close the book, take care of our own needs, and then pick it back up at our leisure. I almost prefer it that way. Sure, I would love to be swept away on a magical adventure, into a land I had only dreamed of and surrounded by people I never knew existed. But there is something to be said about being warm and cozy at home, with food in my belly and tea in my hands.