Monday, January 16, 2012

Well Said: Being Childlike

Still away from the blog and still sharing Madeleine L'Engle with you!
I need not belabour the point that to retain our childlike openness does not mean to be childish. Only the most mature of us are able to be childlike. And to be able to be childlike involves memory; we must never forget any part of ourselves. As of this writing I am sixty-one years old in chronology. But I am not an isolated, chronological numerical statistic. I am sixty-one, and I am also four, and twelve, and fifteen, and twenty-three, and thirty-one, and forty-five, and ... and ... and ...

If we lose any part of ourselves, we are thereby diminished. If I cannot be thirteen and sixty-one simultaneously, part of me has been taken away.
Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water


  1. I'm thinking we might want to read some of Madeline L'Engle's works in book club.

  2. I'll bring it to the next meeting, where we will be choosing books. Everyone there has enough experience with creative expression that they would relate ... AND they'd like that it is a little book! :-D