I recently found out about a wonderful little gem of a book written by Leo Buscaglia. I was reading Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human and was reminded just how much I love Leo Buscaglia's writing, I decided to see if he had some other books I hadn't yet read and came across The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages.
This is such a good read and it really is good for any ages. E isn't feeling well so yesterday we sat out on the deck, cuddled up and read this book and then had a good chat about life and Leo. I love reading his books because I feel his light-hearted, open-minded spirit just pours out of the pages of his writing. I find him to be very inspiring (in his encouragement to people to take responsibility to live your own best life) and I wanted to share some of that with E.
I first came across his writing when I read Living, Learning and Loving (which you will notice is one of the labels on this blog and how I prefer to refer to our way of learning). I saw the spine of this book on a table at a library sale and thought - Living, Learning and Loving?!? That's what we do!! (and then, of course, I wrote a blathering post about it) ;-) Since then I've been enjoying his work.
On the end pages of Freddie the Leaf there is a quote that was found on Leo's typewriter the day after he died. It reads, " Every moment spent in unhappiness is a moment of happiness lost." I love the simplicity and the clarity of that thought and I think he was a very wise man, indeed.