Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Terrible Trivium Monster

Our breakfast chapter book right now is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Matthew, in particular, loves this book and has read it several times, but we'd never read it aloud til now. Nuggets of truth (and LOTS of puns) are sprinkled throughout the humorous story of Milo, on his travels through Dictionopolis, Digitopolis, and other lands on his quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason.

Here's an example of one such nugget from yesterday's reading. Milo and Tock are laboring to move a pile of sand from one place to another with tweezers, empty a well with an eye dropper, and dig a hole through a granite cliff with a needle when they recognize Terrible Trivium, the demon of petty tasks and worthless jobs, ogre of wasted effort, and monster of habit. When Milo objects to the unimportant job he has been spending hours doing, the monster replied,
"If you only do the easy and useless jobs, you'll never have to worry about the important ones which are so difficult. You just won't have the time. For there's always something to do to keep you from what you really should be doing..."

What are the piles of sand, endless wells, and granite walls I need to avoid today? What about you?

For thoughts on doing the important things - those of a mother with young children but applicable to folks in other life stations - read Ann's post, New Ways.


Amber Benton said...

That should be a quote by my sink!

Shari said...

Well - so far I've avoided taking down the Christmas tree. I'd rather Blog and spend time with my kids. A few years ago, I wanted to get this book from the library, for my son. Thanks for reminding me. He'd like it. Right now, he's going through the entire set of Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.