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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bookworms' Carnival


I rashly committed to a post for the Bookworms’ Carnival this week then realised that I had nothing in the archives that would suit, and no idea what to blog about.
But I said I’d do it, so bear with me … this is going to get rambly …

I’m 37 years old and I still believe in fairy tales.
It sounds like a funny thing, but it’s the truth. I’m coming out: I believe in fairy tales; in magic, in make-believe.
I want to go down the rabbit-hole, to Hogwarts, to Middle Earth, to … Once Upon a Time. Which should be a place, really, shouldn't it? Where all the best stories are and where you could meet your favourite characters?


Anyway.

I’m a grown-up, playing in the big kids’ playground; I’m married, I have a son and I work fulltime. So I’m fairly well-grounded in the real world. But … a part of me still lives in that land of signs and wonder, that you find as a child when you open that book that takes you out of yourself for the very first time and you realise how big the world truly is.

It might be Narnia; it might be Hogwarts; it might even be here, but a ''here'' you had never thought of until now.

I hope that sense of wonder never leaves me. Because that means I’m really a grown-up. And I don’t think that’s a fun world to live in, fulltime.

16 comments:

Nymeth said...

I don't want to ever lose that sense of wonder either. Thank you for this post :)

Jennifer said...

I'd love to go to Once Upon a Time. :-) I sometimes think of various fantasylands as my homes-away-from-home, or holiday spots. Here's hoping someone invents a holodeck soon... ;-)

Alessandra said...

I'd love to go to Once Upon A Time, too :)
I think it's important to keep some sort of childhood into ourselves even as adults

Lightheaded said...

a part of me still lives in that land of signs and wonder, that you find as a child when you open that book that takes you out of yourself for the very first time and you realise how big the world truly is

I totally get this. Decades after it still feels good to believe in the magic that well-written fairy tale gives us.

I'm here from Bookworm's Carnival Fairy Tale Theme post! Glad to have visited this site.

Becky said...

I agree completely :)

Tasses said...

Sometimes the posts we calling rambling, just end up saying things true to our hearts.... I chose my blog name for the very same reason. I , too, hope to never lose my sense of wonder.

(jumped over from the Bookworms Carnival)

bookroomreviews said...

Lovely post:)I feel the same way when I read.

Mrs S said...

I'm with you - I can completely believe I am in the land of Once Upon A Time when I immerse myself in a good fairytale - of course thats the reason why my favourite vacation spot is Disney World - the place where you never have to grow up!

Robin said...

I love this post! And I agree with you wholeheartedly! I believe!.. I believe!

Maree said...

I'm loving the carnival; it's my first and I've got a lot out of all the posts I've read.
Thank you all for commenting, and saying such lovely things about my post. It makes me smile when I read them. :)

valentina said...

I believe in magic and Faeryland too, and I also believe that as long as you believe in it, it will always exist, somewhere...
love your post:)

Amanda said...

I'm right there with you. I want many "Once upon a times" and to always have a "Happily ever after". Great post :) Don't ever grow up all the way!

Debi said...

To feel any different, I think, would make for a life much less rich! Lovely post.

Maw Books said...

What a lovely post. Thank goodness our imagination can take us there.

Melody said...

I feel the same thing too. ;)

Rebecca Reid said...

I love the alternate worlds created in fairy tales--you mentioned Narnia and Hogwarts and think we sometimes forget that those are fairy tales too!