Some day you will be old enough

Amy and I toured this ancient but appealing castle on the Rhine in April 2007.

Amy and I toured this ancient but appealing castle on the Rhine in April 2007.

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”C.S. Lewis

My friend Amy commented here recently that she still believes in Cinderella and knights on white horses and miracles.  Maybe that’s why she’s such a great traveling companion.  Real-life castles are often old and decaying, but she can see past the ravages of time and imagine the magical stories they contain.  Like me, she loves the Disney versions too, but you never have to worry that she will let a few cracks and flaws in real-life scenarios get in the way of her appreciation and her unmatched ability to have fun wherever she finds herself.

Come to think of it, that’s also what makes her such a great lifelong friend!  Being a rather cracked and flawed person myself, I value her willingness to look past the not-so-great and see the infinite possibilities.

If you’re not yet old enough to enjoy fairy tales again, I hope you’ll get there soon.  When you do, you’ll realize that they never went away, but were just waiting for you to start believing again.  Enchantment is a “once and future” kingdom full of Merlin’s wisdom and a thousand stories with happy endings.  See you there!

One year ago today:

Happily ever after


  1. sarvjit

    Lovely quote! Fairy tales make us a dreamer. And for a dreamer, like a child, all things are happy.
    “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon.
    I love this quote by Lennon.

    • Yes, Lennon’s quote makes a good point about the power of what we allow to take up space in our minds. Anything can become real to us, even if only in our minds, and that is a danger as well as a blessing. That’s why I think it’s so important to beware of what we allow ourselves to ruminate on and even what we expose to our thoughts. As Picasso said, “Everything you can imagine is real.” Children understand this better than adults do; they seem to know inherently that their imaginations are powerful places to be treasured and also feared.

  2. Ahh…fairy tales. I can remember being fascinated with them…I still like my books to have “happy endings”…:)

    • Yes Merry, I like happy endings too. It seems like the literary snobs critics don’t think much of them, but what do they know? It’s possible to be realistic and still end on a note of hope.

  3. Cool, have you read Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman?

    • No, I haven’t, but I have read many of Gregory MacGuire’s books and enjoyed them. My favorite was Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. I will look for Grimm Tales at the library!

      • Cool, as I will look out for the aforementioned! By the way, Grimm Tales has now been released in paperback.

        Looking forward to your future posts 🙂

        • Thank you, Dan! Have a wonderful, musical weekend!

  4. Sheila

    Julia, many thanks to you and Amy for the great advice! When I grow up……. 🙂 What a special friendship you share. It must be really fun to travel together, especially to fairy tale places! Hoping for a wonderful weekend for all.

    • Sheila, one nice thing about being friends with other military wives is the chance to visit each other in various places. Amy and I have shared a lot of things – our children’s toddler and preschool years, our husband’s career demands, and our attempts to pull everything together and still maintain some sort of independent personality. One of my favorite memories about Amy is when I surprised her on her birthday while she was living in Colorado, just before her family moved away. We had mutual military friends, a “gang” from our CA years, who also lived there, and arranged it all secretly. We set it up with the Cracker Barrel to let me pretend to be the waitress that night after I flew into Colorado Springs – then Fran, Bonita and others took Amy out for her birthday and GUESS WHO was the “waitress” who greeted her at the table to take her order? (We had not seen each other for more than eleven years!) Most of the people eating nearby in the restaurant were in on it because they had seen us getting ready and heard us talking about it with Cracker Barrel staff. When Amy looked up to give her order to the waitress, she blinked and then just shrieked aloud and jumped up and hugged me for about 45 seconds. Then when she let go I said “Uh, how long have you folks been waiting?” 🙂

      • Sheila

        Julia, that is too funny! I hope someone was photographing, but sounds as though you were busy being a waitress. Thank you for sharing such a great story. 🙂 I’m laughing.

        • Sheila, I don’t think anyone took any photos of me in my brown Cracker Barrel waitress apron – I wish they had, but the memory of it will stay with me forever! What fun that was. Glad you liked the story, I never tire of telling it and remembering how much fun it was.

      • That was a wonderful birthday. My how time flys!!!

        • Amy, it has been ten years ago this year I believe. In fact, Jeff and I were discussing last night, I need to take you out to Cracker Barrel for your upcoming birthday, in a 10th year anniversary celebration. Let me know which evening(s) you are free!

  5. I have never seen any of the cracks and flaws. You are such a great example and friend to me. That was a wonderful trip. Hope we can relive it soon. My love to your boys. Mine is coming home tonight for a whole week. YEAH!!!

    • I am so happy you will have A home with you for awhile. I love that you don’t see the cracks and flaws. Keep shining your light into our lives, our steadfast and faithful friend!

  6. Emily Laveder

    As always, beautiful thoughts! Lifelong friends are indeed one of the greatest blessings…always able to see the best!!

    • Thank you Emily! It’s nice to see you here. I have been thinking of you lately with all the news about the Ukraine – I know you must have loved ones there you worry about.

  7. As the song goes, “it can happen to you if you’re young at heart”. How lovely to have each other to travel with and enjoy such a long friendship. There seems to be a period in ones life where dreams and storybook endings are hidden by career efforts, financial instability and/or immaturity. Takes a lot of perseverance to get through that 25-45 period without too many scars. But here I am, with time to play and enjoy life and be a kid again when I feel like it. Having time to be creative is good for the soul.

    • Oh, how true that is! I think that’s one of the greatest things about getting older. I’m in the same position as you are; I have the luxury of not working outside the home, but I still have so much household stuff to do that I stay busier than I’d like. BUT I agree, it’s time to enjoy life and be content with now. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. Jenelle

    This quote and post about you and your dear friend, Amy, just made my Saturday (I’m a day behind) a very pleasant one. Thank you both for reminding us that we’re never to old to dream and read fairy tales 🙂

    • Thank you Jenelle! I am so glad you like it. Thanks for dropping in today. I’m so far behind on everyone else’s blogs it makes me want to just read blogs all day one day – as if that was possible. I appreciate the time people take to visit here.

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