When people throw the phrase, "I am going through a second childhood" around, I always like to ask, "Are you getting it right this time?"
By that, I mean, are you incorporating it into your everyday life? Movies, books, activities etc etc? Not just a trip down memory lane for a day or two but a real rebirth of that spirit within.
Often there is a "looking down"upon certain things, even in the midst of the reawakening, that can lead to a dismissal of many important elements.
I've said before I think one of our greatest faults is that we tend to see "growing up" as a need to move away from childhood loves and pursuits.
I try to keep all aspects of that time close by. Even finding some that I never really connected with or that were a part of my world back then. Always looking to expand that world and that possibility.
So, let me recommend a book to you that creates a world and a story that I think every adult and kid should peer into.
"Journey" by Aaron Becker is one of the year's best books for any age in any genre.
The lack of words makes it a story anyone can read themselves into (even the main character is not given a name) and, if you want to know if you are in touch with that creative inner-child, pick up this book. . . if it resonates, you have the magic in there somewhere.
Erin Stead, a former Caldecott medal winner said:
"We live in a time with a lot of flash and beep and tweets. Mr. Becker
has made a beautiful reminder that there are times we need to turn it
off. Sometimes we need a book, some quiet, and our imagination. It’s so
The only downside of the book is that in all reviews it is listed as appropriate for ages 4-8. That, I consider to be. selling it far short. I picked it up at at our local library along with Maurice Sendak's last publication, "My Brother's Book" which needs no review or testimonial . . . because it's Maurice Sendak for goodness sake! Isn't that all you need to know? : )
But Journey is a book I intend to buy and keep near at all times.
One can't lose the way with that sort of guide. . .
As for the rest of my world. . .
Busy holiday sales were a bit intimidating. And, of course, in the midst of the busiest times I find myself coming up with new ideas for the coming year. So, instead of worrying about the dwindling shop stock, I am working on all new themes, creatures and little worlds to ring in the new year.
I hope the season, the solstice and the magic of it all surrounds you every day. . .
Until the next,