Daily Prompt~ Quote Me

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Today’s Daily Prompt~Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it and why does it move you?

One of my most loved and oft used quotes is

“Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.”  

We all remember when Forrest Gump said this to Jenny after she collapsed under the weight of her emotions when she couldn’t find anymore of them to throw at the house where she grew up. The house where she was so abused and mistreated as a young girl.

What does this quote say to me?  It actually says quite a lot.  First of all, it shows that even though he can’t really offer much more than a supportive shoulder for Jenny, Forrest empathizes with her pain, and since throwing rocks is what she wants to do, he understands that she needs more.  She isn’t done with that house.  Not by a long ways.  Don’t we all love Forrest even more when he tears down that evil house for her?  Forrest would do anything for Jenny.  Trying to take away her pain and help her move on from her dreadful past shows that Forrest has love that reaches far beyond his intelligence.  That is a powerful message we can all learn from.  Love doesn’t have to be smart.  Love is driven by the heart. Not the brain.

This quote is the one I always turn to when I am having a bad day of my own.  When all I want to do is throw rocks, figuratively, and there just are none to throw.  It’s a message to others that I have given up….if only for the time being.  If you loved me, you’d bulldoze that house for me.  

Sometimes, I say it to someone else when they are having a bad day, or going through a rough time.  If I say “Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks.” to you, you know that I understand, I feel your pain.  I’m here for you.  If I could, I would bulldoze that house (or whatever is causing you grief) in a heartbeat.  I can’t do that, so lean on me, and I’ll support you until you don’t need to lean anymore.

Of all of the wonderful messages for us that the saga of Forrest Gump provides, the lessons of undying love, friendship and support are the ones I hold dear.

This is my first Daily Prompt of the year, and let me just finish by saying that I hope the days you need to throw rocks are few, that on those days the rocks to throw are many, and that you have many dear ones to lean on during those days.

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54 thoughts on “Daily Prompt~ Quote Me

    • Really? That’s so nice of you to say. Forrest Gump has such a pure heart. I love him. He makes those around him better people. I hope an evening with Forrest makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

  1. It’s a great movie especially “My momma says, life is just like a box of chocolate…” As for rocks, I love rocks myself, too. Thanks for the pingback.

    • You’re welcome, and thank you for dropping by. This is such a fine film, highly quotable. Forrest has such an ethereal wisdom that’s just infectious. He thinks with his heart, and that makes him a genius in a very special way.

  2. Another great post. How do you manage to keep me inspired every single post?!

    Personally, I can use a lot of rocks these days. Why, do you ask? Because I’ve been diagnosed with MS recently and feel the need to throw a bunch of rocks once in a while. There are days that I’m that pissed at everyone and everything. You don’t want to now how many times I’ve thrown my crutches against the wall, all the way up to the ceiling. That’s such a relief… I can advice it to everyone ;)
    But there are also days when I can say: “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. I’m gonna hang on to that because I refuse to let this damn illness ruin my life. It’s MY life :D

    Oh.. and here are two other quotes that I like:
    - I’m not drunk, I have MS… what’s your excuse?
    - I didn’t fall… I simply attacked the floor :D

    • Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry to hear that! My best friend was diagnosed with MS a few years ago, and I totally understand how you must feel. I have watched her suffer for years, and it breaks my heart. I sincerely hope that you have great, caring doctors and people who love you to help. It’s a horrible, ruthless disease, and I will pray for you and your fight against it.

  3. Cheeky, my favorite quote from that movie is: They called it the million dollar wound, but the government must keep that money because I haven’t seen a dime of that money.

    Great movie and great quote. I suppose you can relate well to Jenny from what I can tell of your relationship with your mother. We’re too far apart for me to give you any rocks, but I’ll use the force to put some directly in your path so you have them readily available.

    Happy New Year, my Cheeky friend.

    • Oh, Red, it’s practically my mantra. I think Forrest Gump is one of the most complex and endearing fictional characters ever created. Thanks for dropping by as always, my friend: :-)

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  5. Cheeky, if you do find yourself near a pile of rocks and a need to throw them, I hope that I am standing safely behind you. Like you said, though, hopefully there won’t be a need to throw rocks, at which point, we’ll just sit and watch the birds. :)

  6. Oh! Forest Gump… I wish I had thought to include something in my own post from that movie. Then again, I had to hit “publish” at some point or I’d probably still be sitting here typing up all the quotes I borrow from movies and looking up links to go with them.

    • That’s funny! I haven’t even read yours yet. My stupid laptop wasn’t working yesterday. It kept shutting off….GRR!! I’m just now finally answering all of yesterday’s comments. I’ll get to it eventually, I swear!

      • I have a Sony VAIO that I bought in 2008. It has a new screaming hard drive that my wonderful husband helped me install over the internet in a video chat-great story I should blog about, but it needs a new fan, and when it gets too hot, it starts to get cranky. Yesterday I was home sick and just settled in my bed to watch Downton Abbey on Hulu when it just went black and shut off. What a bummer! I let it cool down and turned it on about an hour later, but then my keyboard was unresponsive and wouldn’t type all the letters. I just gave up and watched HULU on the tv, and only checked stats and comments on my phone throughout the rest of the day. Today, the old girl seems to be working just fine. Whatever. Tempermental thing.

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  9. My favorite quote is an original… and words to live by;
    Just because your boss says he wants to try you out in a new position, doesn’t mean you are gonna get a raise or a promotion…

  10. I loved your post from quote to wishes at the end. I love that part of the movie, too. Its a heartbreaker and one of the sweeter moments between the two of them. There were so many facets to the character of Forrest, weren’t there? This love for Jenny was one of my favorites.

    • Wow, that’s some pretty scary stuff if you really think it over. I just can’t look that deep inside for the most part. My abyss is full of monsters and other scary things I don’t want to deal with. Know what I mean? ;-)

  11. I’m sure you will believe me when I say I never saw Forrest Gump. This is beautifully written, and I’m glad I stopped in to read it. I know you are the type of person to offer all the support someone would need. You are that kind of friend.

  12. Great quote. I only watched it once and it didn’t stand out to me the first time so I’m glad you brought it to my attention. It really is a powerful quote.

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