Monday, March 11, 2013

The Back Of Our Toilet Door...

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do; not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do has increased."

I was thinking about this quote, (attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson), today.  I couldn't quite remember the exact wording of it though.  Our married son was part of the conversation and he recited it perfectly for me.

He had learned that quote, along with many, many others, (some of them a page or more long), from off the back of our toilet door while he was growing up.  If you get all of our family together and prompt them with a word or two, I think that most of our children still remember all kinds of quotes, word for word, that they learned in that way.

I used to change the quotes fairly regularly.  Sometimes they were scriptures, sometimes even maths or physics equations that one of the children was trying to learn before a big exam.   If I thought anyone needed advice or encouragement in any particular area, there was often a quote about that on the back of the door.

It would sometimes shock me to realize how much they had memorized - especially some of our teenage boys that didn't even like to read!  Amazing what can be accomplished with a captive audience! :)


  1. LOL!! Very true :)

    I particularly remember the twins reciting my grade 12 physics formulas when they were 7 or 8 :)

    xo Tammy

  2. Bahaha. The back of our toilet door always looked so interesting and inviting :)
    I always remember when someone's friend came over and after using the bathroom came out and said "I love all the quotes on your toilet door! Made me wish I had more to do in there so I could read them all." lol.
    At least we didn't get bored in there :)

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