Every day it seems as though our kids are a little taller, a little bigger, a little bit more grown up. It’s hard to see them leaving childhood behind, and acquiring adult problems and responsibilities… (My eldest is taller than me, now!) On the other hand it makes me proud and happy to know them as the lovely people they are becoming.
One of the wonderful parts of having older children is sharing favorite films and books as they are ready for them… For example I had a most enjoyable evening recently watching “the Life Aquatic” with a couple of the kids. I saw it and was enchanted by it years ago, but experienced it with fresh eyes as they saw it for the first time.
Another recent pleasure was re-reading My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. This beautifully written, charming and hilarious book was a favorite of mine when I was around ten. Now it’s a title I can share with the children, and I am experiencing it with a completely different perspective. For those of you who have not enjoyed
this author’s works, he was a British naturalist and author with a gift for humorous narrative, and the ability to paint exquisite images with his words. The following is an excerpt from My Family and Other Animals. This passage is early in the book, and it describes Mr Durrel’s first impression of Corfu, Greece, as he arrived there as a small child.
“The sea lifted smooth blue muscles of wave as it stirred in the dawn-light, and the foam of our wake spread gently behind us like a white peacock’s tail, glinting with bubbles. The sky was pale and stained with yellow at the
eastern horizon. Ahead lay a chocolate-brown smudge of land, huddled in mist, with a frill of foam at its base. This was Corfu, and we strained our eyes to make out the exact shapes of the mountains, to discover valleys. peaks, ravines, and beaches, but it remained a silhouette. Then suddenly the sun shifted over the horizon, and the sky turned the smooth enameled blue of a jay’s eye.”
Breathtaking, isn’t it? It draws such a clear and compelling picture for my mind’s eye – even though my little Trollbeads shop in North Vancouver is a long way from Corfu, this passage take me right there, to the deck of that ship at dawn. I feel lucky to have read beautiful words like these at an impressionable age.
Clockwise from clasp: “Spiritual Temple Lock”, “Unique”, “Magical Lamp”, “Nomad”, “Traces”, “Milan”, “Unique”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Silver Mountain”, “Smoky Quartz”, “Silver Mountain”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Unique”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Ancient Palace”, “Royal”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique”.