Top Ten Things I Wish I Wrote

by Sheri Williams

We all have those moments. We hear a song or a line from a movie or we read a book and think, “Damn. I wish I had written that.” These things we collect. We remember them. For whatever reason that particular line spoke to you at that time. It might have left a lifelong impression. It could have just made you smile. Maybe it helped you heal after a particularly bad break up. Whatever the reason, we all have them. And I really wish I had written them. Here are my top ten.

10.”I saw a pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them” Dr.Suess, What Was I Scared Of?

This line is important to me because it brought my love of reading to my oldest daughter. I read this book once. Then I read it again and again and again. It got to the point where she could recite it word for word. She was 3. She still loves this book.

9.”In these bodies we will live, In these bodies we will die. And where you invest you love, you invest your life.” Marcus Mumford, Awake My Soul

The first time I heard this line I got goosebumps. I still do sometimes. This isn’t the first song I heard by the band but it is the song that made me a groupie. It’s such a simple two lines and it is mindblowingly beautiful.

8.”He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den.” Mary Howitt, The Spider And The Fly

I admit I know this poem only because of the beautiful picture book Tony DiTerlizzi put out. That being said, I love it. It is dark and tragic and amazing. The firs time I got it from the library my oldest gasped when we hit this part. I could see it coming, she could not. We rented it from the library so many times they fussed at us. I ended up buying it. Now we act it out together.

7.”Well we’re stuck with me being a girl” Anne McCaffrey, Dragonsong.

I was about 10 the first time I read this book. It was about a girl. A girl who went on to do amazing things. It only cemented my love of reading.

6.”Why are there so many songs about rainbows?” Kermit the frog, Rainbow Connections

Even at 33 this song can bring a smile to my face.

5.”You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope” Jane Austen, Persuasion

And with that my 11 year old self fell in love. Until I met my husband there could be no other man for me besides Captain Wentworth.

4. “Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you.” Leonard Cohen as sung by Jeff Buckly, Hallelujah

Goosebumps. A lovely, lovely song. No matter who sings it, it speaks to your heart.

3.”Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number 4, Pivot Drive,were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

A life long love affair. Enough said.

2. “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to affect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint- it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y-wimey… stuff” Steven Moffett, Doctor Who

This isn’t the line that made me fall in love with the show, but it is the line that cemented that love. I am a hardcore Whovian thanks to this one episode and that one line that had me laughing so hard I almost fell off the couch.

1. “Curiouser and curiouser.” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The first time I read this I was around 7 or 8 and I didn’t fully understand it. The second time I read it I was a bit older and fell into a deep love with the story and the characters. I can honestly call this my favorite book of all time. (ducks and covers) I reread it to myself and my girls. I never tire of it.

So there, there is my list of ten things I wish I wrote. I can only hope that someday I can write something that ends up a classic or that can evoke such a strong reaction in someone else. Ahh, who am I kidding? I just hope someone, somewhere, reads something I wrote and it makes them smile.

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