beginning june

Zinnia plants, in rows, coming up in the garden.

A dear friend, far away, engaged to be married.

A rainbow in the mist of watering the zinnias.

Brothers and father returned from a different far away.

A yellow butterfly drinking the zinnia water.

Everything in readiness to begin Vacation Bible School tomorrow; my part: music.

And this:
“. . . fairy land arouses a longing for he knows not what. It stirs and troubles him (to his life-long enrichment) with the dim sense of something beyond his reach and, far from dulling and emptying the actual world, gives it a new dimension of depth. He does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted.”
–C. S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”

4 thoughts on “beginning june

    • betweenbluerocks says:

      A few days ago I happen to have posted a quotation from that piece on my facebook profile, Mr. Thrawn. An excellent piece.

      (Also, since when are you “thrawn”? You used to comment as “Joe,” right?)

  1. For some reason, I felt like being quasi-anonymous that day. I forget why.
    And I haven’t read “On Fairy Stories Yet” (though it is on my desktop now), but his idea of what he called “Recovery seems somewhat fascinating to me. That is, “We need, in any case, to clean our windows; so that the things
    seen clearly may be freed from the drab blur of triteness or familiarity—from possessiveness.”


    • betweenbluerocks says:

      That’s a good quote. I confess, I read the essay a few years back, and reread only bits of it recently. So I don’t remember that part. But it’s something worth thinking about.

      Also, you now have officially commented with three different names. Congrats. 🙂

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