…and by books, I mean classic fiction, not factual books.
I’m not even sure if this learning was conscious, they were just important lessons that are now embedded in my brain.
1. If you’re in deep snow and you start to feel all warm and sleepy YOU ARE ABOUT TO DIE! So don’t succumb and lie down in it. (White Fang by Jack London)
2. If you need to make some quick money – ideally to save your family – you could cut off your hair and sell it. (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)
3. Turkish Delight is the most delicious, enticing sweet in the world. This is TRUE. (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis.)
4. If you keep very still and try to look as if you are grass and trees, you will be able to tame wild animals. (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett)
5. Never wish that you could fly, it will only get you into hideous trouble – especially if your wings are the sort that vanish at sunset! (Five Children & It by E Nesbit)
Of course, I’ve never had to test these out – except for the Turkish Delight – so I don’t know if they’re true.
Do you have any important lessons you feel you’ve learnt from books? And have you ever tried them out?