Marginalia, no.240

To safely get close to gorillas in the wild, it’s wise to act like a gorilla yourself.

~ Mary Pope Osborne, Good Morning, Gorillas

My six-year-old daughter marks up her books with pencil, takes notes, even copies out important passages like the one above. On finding this particular note it occurred to me that she’s not generalizing its advice very well. She doesn’t purr with the cat or chirp at the neighborhood squirrels. Maybe that’s for the best. But then I realized: she’s marking her books with pencil, taking notes, copying out important passages... I am the gorilla in question.

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