HJ-ED-DHJHerald Journal Columns

August 13, 2007

Notably quotable

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to read quotes.

Something about a good quote always seems to make me happy. It can be witty, wise, sad, or simply hilarious. As long as it makes me laugh or makes me think, I’m not too picky.

From this love of quotes has grown a monstrosity that I like to refer to as “The Door.”

“The Door” is actually a door (imagine that). More specifically, it is the back of the door to my bedroom, making it only visible from the inside of my room.

I began to assemble it when I was an eighth grader and am still adding to it today.

It consists of quotes mainly said by my friends, but there are some more famous authors there, too. I type them up, cut them out, and have basically made a collage out of them over the past five years.

After its invention, if someone would make a funny comment or say something that I found to be particularly profound, I’d tell them “That’s Doorworthy!” and then I’d put it on my door.

At first, people would look at me like I needed to be put on medication: “It’s what?”

“Doorworthy,” I’d respond.

Then I’d explain what the door was. After an explanation, many people would dismiss it as a stupid idea. Because I’ve always been a little hard headed, I stuck with my plan in spite of what other people thought.

Surprisingly enough, after a while, people not only accepted my idea, but actually started to try to come up with quotes that were “Doorworthy.”

After someone made a clever comment, it was almost a validation if myself or someone else would proclaim the quote was worthy of The Door.

Although I love all good quotes, The Door consists of mainly humorous quotes like, “It’s so wrong, its right. . . and its so right, its left,” or “It smells like Friday.”

That way, when I’m having a bad day, all I have to do is park myself in front of it and have a good laugh.

By the time I graduated, The Door was loaded with quotes. Because it was well known by my class, they wanted me to bring it in during our last week of high school.

Of course, I denied the request. None of them could understand why I wouldn’t be willing to surrender my bedroom door for an entire week.

Looking back, I find it funny that most people thought it was a stupid idea to collect a bunch of quotes and mount them on my door.

It is a little ridiculous, I will admit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was a bad idea. Most people not only grew to accept The Door, but eventually embraced it.

I’ve always been stubborn and I always will be. If someone tells me to do something, I’ll usually do the opposite. If I wasn’t stubborn, I might have given up on my idea to create this thing.

Because of my perseverance, I have a collection of some of my favorite things that my friends have ever said and I still smile every time I close my door.

My favorite quote:

From ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

“When someone loves you for a long, long time,” explained the wise, old Skin Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit, “not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Old Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. it takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”