I am not sure when my fascination with quotes began, but I have had a long-standing love affair with the words of my fellow man. Before I was a Mrs. or Mommy, I was an idealistic middle school teacher who had the luxury of muttering the words, “I am” and “bored” in the same sentence.
One lazy summer afternoon I decided to scribble out one of my favorite quotes, added a little drawing for pizzazz and stuck it on the fridge. I still remember the quote, “Never trust a man who doesn’t drink.” It soon became a regular event, and my quote of the week was born.
My roommate, friends and family humored me, but after a while they would notice when a new quote did not appear weekly. There is something reassuring about reading your feelings in another’s words. Quotes can be cathartic. They validate or motivate, and can cause laughter or tears. They are a therapist, comedian or best friend all rolled into one attributed thought. You are not alone or crazy, and you have the quote to prove it.
I collected my weekly quotes and shoved them in the kitchen junk drawer. A year later I wrapped them with a ribbon and gave them to my younger sister as part of her graduation present. They had served me well, and I hoped they would do the same for her. When I found one of my favorites pinned to her cork board in her room I knew she understood the power of a perfectly placed quote.
Below are a few of my favorite quotes mixed with some pictures I have snapped along the way.
Go ahead, quote me.