Any James Thurber Fans Out There

“Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?” [1]

I need to get out my James Thurber again.

Unfortunately, he died about the same time I discovered his humor.

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Thurber contributed short stories and cartoons to The New Yorker magazine.

Often his stories centered around his eccentric family. I have wondered how much he exaggerated and how true to life his family stories were.

One of my favorite stories, The Night the Bed Fell on Father, is hilarious and makes his whole family seem a little crazy.

Here are a few Thurber gems:

“Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house.” [2]

“You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.” [3]

“You can fool too many of the people too much of time.” [4]

What I most appreciate about Thurber is how he took our human quirks and exaggerated them to the point of hilarity.

In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Thurber reveals our desire to do great things in a life that is entirely too insignificant.

Walter Mitty is the most pecked of hen-pecked husbands. He daydreams of being an intrepid surgeon, a daring war pilot, a condemned spy.

In Thurber’s story, Mitty is never allowed to even fully realize his day dreams. His wife always breaks into the fantasy and brings him back down to the drabness of his life.

There is humor in the story and also a commentary on how our lives can slip into a poor substitute of what we are destined for.

I wonder if Thurber motivated any Walter Mitty’s to not settle for less than the great plan that God had for them.

I certainly hope so.

Have you discovered your destiny – God’s plan for you?

Are you living it? You can, you know.

It took me a while to fully understand what purpose drives me.

Knowing and pursuing your purpose gives you a new spring to your step.

It takes the dread out of Monday and the mundane out of another day.

You may even feel like Walter Mitty. Only you won’t be interrupted by a hen-pecking wife.

What is your purpose? Want to talk to someone who will encourage you in it’s pursuit?

I personally answer all messages. You can message me by clicking here.

 

[1] Cartoon caption New Yorker 5 June 1937

[2] My Life and Hard Times 1933

[3] New Yorker 29 Apr. 1939 “The Bear Who Let It Alone”

[4] New Yorker 29 Apr 1939 “The Owl Who Was God”

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