“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.”
– Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
This month’s challenge was to read a book you loved as a child. There is such a sweet simplicity and an idealistic fantasy world that can be found in Children’s Literature. It’s a wonderful escape.
Still, I was a little worried when I opened the first pages of my pick, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I had such fond memories of this book. Would it live up to my expectations?
I’m happy to report that it did live up to my expectations. In some ways, I felt like I loved it even more. As an adult reader, I had a new appreciation for the characters, the story and the writing. I felt like I was finding the secret garden for the first time all over again.
A friend sent me this article and it put into words exactly what I was feeling. The author equates rereading your favorite books to having drinks with an old friend; “a welcome familiarity.” But, the author later states, “The best books are the ones that open further as time passes.”
The timing of this challenge was perfect, even though it was not intentional. Reading this book as spring was unfolding all around me only added to the experience. The Secret Garden (and my heart) was in full bloom.
Your Turn: What did you read? And what was your experience? Were you able to “go home again”?