“I’ll have you know, Benjamin Franklin has had a huge influence on my life,” I said indignantly to my husband.
“Oh really, Granny?” he smirked, “How so?”
“Well, his virtue chart, for example. He created a very effective system which brought a series of tasks into his daily awareness in order to refine his character. It’s been scientifically proven to work because the chart visually keeps your goals at the forefront of your mind. In fact, Gretchen Rubin, one of my personal heroes, based her entire Happiness Project on the system of Benjamin Franklin’s virtue chart…”
“All right, all right, I hear you. You’re a big fan of charts and Declarations of Independence, but do you really need to buy a book of his quotes? You can just look them up on line you know.”
“No no no. I need a hard copy, something I can refer to.”
“Ah yes,” he smiled, “something you can refer to once, but will never refer to again.”
“How dare you sir! How dare you presume to know that I will not refer to my slim Benjamin Franklin quote book on a daily basis?”
“Because I know you my darling. You will buy it, you will schlep it around in your bag and you will never look at it more than once.”
“Be that as it may, Mr. Party Pooper Pants. We’re in Philadelphia. We’re at the Franklin Institute. It would be philosophically irresponsible and unpatriotic if I did not somehow glean some wisdom here from one of our country’s most famous founders.”
With that, I purchased the slim volume. I took it back to the hotel and tore into it as soon as G went to sleep.
One of the first quotes I read was:
An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.
Oh man. I haven’t looked at it since.