22 Apr The Life of the Little Prince
One of my closest friends, Jap Angeles, is a HUGE Little Prince fan. If you’ve ever met a Little Prince fan, I will dare say that Jap is a bigger fan than all of the Little Prince fans combined. She is also very territorial about her love for Little Prince and one of the first things we bonded over was her forcing me to watch the 1974 real live version with Gene Wilder. It was fantastic but it didn’t resonate with me the way it does with Jap every single time. For me, it was just another book report topic, but for Jap, it symbolized her world so much that she has a tattoo of it.
So imagine how excited I was to share with her the American version of the latest Little Prince animation. I clicked on the link for the sole purpose of sharing it with her but at the end of the day, it was me who ended up with so many feels. (Watch the video here)
“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“To establish ties?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”
“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”
“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
“People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for…
They don’t find it,” I answered.
And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water…”
Of course,” I answered.
And the little prince added, “But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
“You’re beautiful, but you’re empty…One couldn’t die for you. Of course, an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she’s the one I’ve watered. Since she’s the one I put under glass, since she’s the one I sheltered behind the screen. Since she’s the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three butterflies). Since she’s the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she’s my rose.”
“I remembered the fox. One runs the risk of crying a bit if one allows oneself to be tamed.”