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January 14, 2006

Queen Susan, The Gentle

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being an adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

C.S. Lewis


Fan fic worth reading:

Title: The Queen's Return
Fandom: The Chronicles of Narnia
Summary: Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen in Narnia.

(Via Rebecca)

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Delurking. letting you know I'm still around.

Tenn

Posted by: Tenn at January 14, 2006 10:27 PM

Love this! C.S. Lewis is so right! It is only my most immature friends who look down on my love of Winnie-the-Pooh and dancing in my bedroom;-)

Hope I can see you before too long! I miss you so much!

Posted by: Rebecca at January 15, 2006 08:40 AM

Saying hi in honor of "DeLurking Week".

Posted by: Carrie K. at January 15, 2006 04:19 PM

I knew there had to be a way to justify my interest in baseball.

Seriously, it makes me think of a certain relative of mine who has always kept a most attractive girlish quality to her personality yet is a far more mature Christian than I can even hope to be.

Posted by: Campagna at January 16, 2006 12:12 PM

wow! that was a great story! i'm glad to find that website. martha

Posted by: martha at January 16, 2006 01:56 PM

I think this is particularly true in spiritual things. How many of us smile patiently when we meet a childish, passionate love for, and trust in, Christ? Instead we want to be learned and adult about everything...and here's Jesus telling us to be MORE childlike.

Great post.

Posted by: sparrow at January 16, 2006 02:27 PM

TG thanks for that link. That was a satisfying finish to the Narnian Chronicles.

Posted by: Marion at January 16, 2006 09:00 PM


 
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