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.