Harpo Speaks is one of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down. If you haven’t had the pleasure, I highly recommend it.
Although it was years ago when I last read it, there is one part that has remained with me to this day. Harpo had a set of family rules for everyone to follow. Picture Harpo Marx, and then imagine his list of rules. Two stood out so much for me that I remember them to this day:
6. If you have an impulse to do something that you’re not sure is right, go ahead and do it. Take a chance. Chances are, if you don’t you’ll regret it – unless you break the rules about mealtime and bedtime, in which case you’ll sure as hell regret it.
7. If it’s a question of whether to do what’s fun or what is supposed to be good for you, and nobody is hurt whichever you do, always do what’s fun.
My middle son is often misunderstood by authority figures. Oh sure, he puts a lot of it on himself. But so did Harpo Marx. And Harpo Marx is my hero. So is my middle son.