A Tiny Knight

Last week the family sat down together and watched The Tale of Despereaux. It’s a great story. I love this mouse. He has so many traits that I lack and hope to develop in my warped little soul. He is gentle, kind, chivalric, brave, smart, selfless and noble. I’m not saying that I’m none of those things, but I guess I’m not enough of those things.

Despereaux is born with a different heart than other mice. He lives life on the edge. He enjoys stealing cheese from mouse traps. He is un-self conscious. When he meets Princess Pea, she asks,

“Are you a rat?”

“No!” he replied.

“Well are you a mouse?”

He blinks and declares, “I’m a gentleman.”

When his parents sent him off to school, the teacher flashed a picture of a carving knife and the entire class cowered, but not Despereaux. The teacher said,

“You didn’t cower.”

“It looks like a sword.”

“It’s a carving knife.”

“It’s beautiful!”

The Principal called Despereaux’s parents in for a conference. He told them, “He wouldn’t cower. Wouldn’t cower, wouldn’t scurry . . . He drew pictures of cats in his notebook.” Eventually, because Despereaux will not conform, he is banished to the dungeon. There’s an interesting line in the written version of this tale, “Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, mouse or man, who does not conform.”

You see this is truly the nature of life. If you will not conform, you will be an outcast. If you don’t think what others want you to think, fear what others think you should fear, if you live in freedom when others embrace bondage, because it is the safe way to live; if you wont accept the “cats” that are in the world and go along with their tyranny—you my friend are in for a very interesting fate indeed; sometimes involving rats!

I wont tell you the story or how it ends, I encourage you to watch the movie (or better yet, read the book.) Become in your own little soul, like Despereaux. Be a gentle person, brave and noble, don’t ever cower and watch out for the rats!

telemicus out

2 Responses to A Tiny Knight

  1. Cindy Smith says:

    I really like this and want to read the book. what is the name please?
    Great art work too…

  2. Niel says:

    I love love the story…

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