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← Children need to be sprinkled with fairy dust

Ian (South Africa)'s Avatar Jump to comment 29 by Ian (South Africa)

As a child I remember reading or having read to me books and stories like the Water Babies, The Magic Faraway Tree, the Noddy and Big Ears books et al. I know I never confused them with reality but they did engender some great daydreams and playing at being the characters.

On an anecdotal level they certainly helped to expand my imagination and gave me a desire to explore between the covers of other books both fantasy and science fiction.

Being brought up as catholic it also seemed to me as a child that these stories put the bible stories into context and I thought of them in the same way, in that I thought that the adults were pretending the bible stories were real in much the same way that they pretended that Santa was real.

It was only when I went to high school (Christian Brothers College) that I realized that the adults had confused fantasy with reality and that I was in the evil mirror image of Hogwarts where all the teachers were teaching an evil mythology based on pain and retribution.

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 02:12:00 UTC | #258473