I must had been around nine or ten years old when I first read The Little Prince, or since I read it in Spanish, El Principito. I remember clearly seating in one of the rooms in my grandma’s house reading it. I loved the little drawings. It was beautiful. With that book, I fell in love with reading.
Then, I remember, I read it again on my early twenties. It was a different experience, still beautiful, but the book meant something completely different to me at that time.
So, last year, as I was walking around Barnes and Noble, I saw The Little Prince and I didn’t think twice before I bought it to read it with my son. He’s always asking me to tell him stories about my childhood, so I knew he was going to enjoy reading this one with me. We took turns every night to read aloud to each other. The same book I first read when I was his age, I was now reading it to him, this time in English.
The Little Prince happened to be Laurent’s favorite book too. So every night after I finished reading it with Enzo, Laurent would ask me what part of the book we were in, and we would talk about The Little Prince for a while. At the time I told him I wanted to make a picture about the book. Enzo as The Little Prince, and Norah as The Rose. Laurent laughed and said he wanted to be the fox or the sheep but I told him he was too tall to pull it off!
A few days after, Laurent got Enzo’s costume for the picture and I started working on building The Little Prince’s planet on Photoshop. But we never got to take the kid’s picture.
As I was unpacking after my move back to Florida last month I found the costume and the book. And it hit me hard in my heart. I didn’t read the book again, I didn’t need to, but now I know the different meaning it has to us.
So here’s to you Laurent, my love, you’re our star that laughs…
“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems… But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night..You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me… You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure… It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince.
“I wonder,” he said, “whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each one of us may find his own again… -Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince.