It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg.
We must be hatched or go bad.
The boys were burning with fever, eyes itchy, and exhausted beyond all recognition of the firey-spirited boys I know daily, but unable to sleep or look at picture books, there is always the reliable and ever-engaging C.S. Lewis. And the Narnia Series never could be read too much, experienced enough or delved into in the simple or profound with the same eyes, ears or heart when encountering it all time and again.
I remember being ill as child, not often, but undoubtedly memorable, as my mother sat at the edge of my bed reading to me of worlds beyond my grasp, ideas that made me forget my sniffles and assured me my next adventure was just around the corner. I could not fly, at that present, but my mother’s words, the melody of her voice and the journeys we embarked on, most certainly aided in my hatching throughout my life.
I believe our adventure with The Magician’s Nephew, witness to the birth of Narnia, side-kicks on Digory’s quest and privy to the lessons learned of patience, honesty, heart and triumph, while wrapped sweetly in adventure and daring and flying horses, will touch them at a place within they may never be able to name but will always keenly know.
This Chronicles of Narnia, touched my being and guided my life, perhaps much more so subliminally than I could imagine. I hope these moments spent with my kindred boys in sickness and in health, always offer opportunity to explore the plains, mountains and valleys of our most sacred selves … and transform fevers of despair to wildly beating hearts of joy.
They closed their eyes, I read and together we found peace. Thank you to C.S. Lewis, where you watch us from now, for the gift of your insight, your powerful presence on this planet and your conviction that you had a truth too precious not to share. May we all know our gift and empower our children to find their own in ways that allow them to express of heart and inspire the world.
“When things go wrong, you’ll find they usually go on getting worse for some time;
but when things once start to go right they often go on getting better and better.”
The Magician’s Nephew
I am keeping this close in mind, as it is late and I just offered another round of temp taking (40.5 Celcius each), Kiddie Tylonol, Nin Jiom (herbal medicine) for their throats, cold cloths for their heads and kisses for their cheeks.
This too shall pass :) and we shall be hatched into another anticipated day of whirling delight… never to go bad on Momma’s watch :)