Dad Quotes

My dad was young. He went to work. But he’d been to war. He’d seen some of the world. It wasn’t like he was going to be an extensive traveler or something. That didn’t seem to be in the nature of – in his nature or in the nature of his parents or many of the folks in my family, really. They were – we had a cousin that went to – off to Brown University. It was like a nuclear explosion took place.

I didn’t have a blueprint from my childhood that I could call on, which is an enormous deficit when you’re trying to put together a family life. I didn’t see a family life where men were thriving inside of it. You know, my dad tended to blame the family for his inability to achieve what he wanted to achieve, you know? So, unfortunately, I was coming from that particular frame of mind.

My grandfather and my dad’s brothers and my dad all worked in construction. It’s the whole cultural thing, you know, your parents want you to go to the next level of whatever, and I decided that I ought to be an architect. I can’t tell you why. And I tried, and I had no aptitude for it.

He wished he was with his mom in her library, where everything was safe and numbered and organized by the Dewey decimal system. Ben wished the world was organized by the Dewey decimal system. That way you’d be able to find whatever you were looking for, like the meaning of your dream, or your dad.

Ben remembered reading about curators in “Wonderstruck”, and thought about what id meant to curate your own life, as his dad had done here. What would it be like to pick and choose the objects and stories that would go in your own cabinet? How would Ben curate his own life? And then, thinking about his museum box, and his house, and his books, and the secret room, he realized he’d already begun doing it. Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders.