“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”
~ Mary Poppins, Chapter 2 The Day Out, by P.L. Travers
Recently, I started reading Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers to Lil’ A. We have always thought it important to expose her to literature that challenged her, so we have sprinkled in chapter books and poetry among the picture books most commonly read to a child of her age. She enjoys cuddling up close to hear the stories and I adore the cuddling and revisiting of beloved books from my childhood. Mary Poppins is a good choice since we can make references to the movie which help A stay focused on the story. Also key, we recap as we read by asking open ended questions to help he comprehend the story.
But I digress…
The above quote from the end of chapter 2 struck me. I have always been a dreamer, a storyteller. More often than not I have a story or fantasy with me as a the heroine floating around in my head. I have always had a running story that I continue while trying to fall asleep. I just love this idea that Fairyland can mean something different to each of us.
Lately, I’ve had more time to daydream which can be good and dangerous at the same time. For years, my mother has been urging me to write a book and maybe this is my opportunity to make my Fairyland dance across a page for others to experience. On the other hand, I’ve been fiercely protective of the world I have built inside my head. Primarily because I don’t believe anyone would understand - judgmental rather than curious. That’s my hang up that I project onto others.
Until I find the courage to write more than a 400 word blog post I will continue to live in my own personal Fairyland.