Read more Fairy-Tales

A conjunction of spring cleaning (room, sewing basket, files, recipes, computer, old cds, car, etc.) with the privilege of hearing the Tallis Scholars in concert put me in mind of these words from J. R. R. Tolkien's excellent "On Fairy-Stories," (The Tolkien Reader).

"We need, in any case, to clean our windows; so that the things seen clearly may be freed from the drab blue of triteness or familiarity--from possessiveness. . . . This triteness is really the penalty of 'appropriation': the things that are trite, or (in a bad sense) familiar, are the things that we have appropriated, legally or mentally.  We say we know them.  They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them" (77).
I think I too often want some new adventure, some new beautiful thing, forgetting that beauty is so outstanding, so gratuitous and unmerited, that one beautiful experience ought to be something that never got old my whole life through.  After all, the beautiful thing is still beautiful.  Beauty is still beauty.  So what are we looking for--thrills?  What do we take too much for granted?  It's time to recall the beautiful things we have had.  For example, this time last Easter, and the Easter before, for the last thirty years--where were you?

And read more fairy-tales--the Tolkien recipe to recovery, to ending "triteness."



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