Through different eyes….

This is what greeted me on opening the blinds yesterday.

A cool start to the morning with a Chicken Little sky that definitely looked as though it was falling – not dropping acorns but low foggy cloud lol

Oh this looks like it’s going to be a Chair – Book – Coffee – Morning 😊

Wanting/needing something different to sink my teeth into I had a little think and up to the plate stepped Peter Pan!

Discovered lurking in my iBooks whilst I was doing a tidy up/ clear out on the iPad……. you know, that cull you do when you realise all those things you ‘saved’ weren’t really that necessary after all.  Articles you kept to read later, patterns you were going to knit sometime, timetables that have now changed….get the picture.

Years ago someone put me onto a site called Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org) where you are able to download books – as in old classics and the like – for free.  It’s amazing what can be found there.  Anyway, at the time I had an interest in children’s literature, particularly books that for some reason I’d never read as a child, and this was my chance to have them at my fingertips without waiting for a library hold to appear.  Some may go – some may stay. We’ll just have to see how I feel.   Like the crockery in the laundry cupboard, they don’t take up much room and they’re always available if I want/need them lol

So yesterday I spent a little time with Peter, Tinker Bell, Wendy, John and Michael.  Also Mr & Mrs Darling and the big Newfoundland dog Nana they employed as a nurse (nanny)

A bit like Alice in Wonderland – an old book I ‘read’ for the first time last year – it’s Total Fantasy!

I haven’t read too much yet but I’ve ‘turned’ page after page enthralled yet mystified…..first it’s sweet….then it’s sour.

…..So he told her about the beginning of fairies…..…“You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”
And so,” he went on good naturedly, “there ought to be one fairy for every boy and girl.”
Ought to be?  Isn’t there?”
“No, you see children know such a lot now, they soon don’t believe in fairies, and every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”…..

And then there were The Lost Boys!

……“Who are they?”
“They are the children who fall out of their perambulators when the nurse is looking the other way. If they are not claimed in seven days they are sent far away to the Neverland to defray expenses. I’m captain.”
“What fun it must be!”
“Yes,” said cunning Peter, “but we are rather lonely. You see we have no female companionship.”
“Are none of the others girls?”
“Oh, no; girls, you know, are much too clever to fall out of their prams.”…..

Excerpt From: J. M. Barrie. “Peter Pan.” iBooks.

I didn’t get too far because by mid morning nature had changed her mind and this was what was to been seen outside the window 😎  There were some garden jobs needed doing and this was a good day to do them!

And here we are on a very dark Monday morning.  With a bit of luck today will be pleasantly warm (26c/78f) sunny and dry as will the rest of the week – or so the weather man says.

But back to Peter and Wendy and what’s on my mind…….I’m wondering do you think I’ll read too much into it reading as an adult…..is it a child’s story best read ‘to them’ so the words can be absorbed giving their imagination and reasoning time to work….rather than them read the story themselves and miss a lot.

It’s nearly brekkie time now, porridge, yogurt with fresh strawberries and a nice cuppa tea this morning.  The Golfer will be off out ‘you know where’ so I’ll settle down later (or maybe even earlier) and read a bit more in the sunshine  😎

What are you planning to do this Monday- have you read any children’s books such as Peter Pan as an adult, through different eyes?

11 thoughts on “Through different eyes….

  1. Enjoy your day.
    I hope to get into the garden later too.
    I have indeed read children’s books through adult eyes. I think the very best stories DO have different layers to be discovered.
    The Moomins are something I didn’t discover as a child, and I wonder what I would have made of them. As an adult I love them, while acknowledging the sadness within. If that makes sense.

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    • It’s turned into a half and half day EC. One minute sunny and warmish – next cloudy with a breeze.
      I haven’t heard of The Moomins so that’s something I’ll be asking Mr G about later.

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  2. It was foggy here too, but not quite as thick as it seems at your place.

    I think you may have a point about reading children’s books with adult eyes but I usually enjoy children’s books when I am reading them to children.

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    • Maybe I should try reading the book outloud Andrew then perhaps it won’t seem so ‘scary threatening’. I could put some imagination into the voice projection and bring it to life that way lol

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  3. Today I am recovering from Sunday! I need to get on with the party arrangements this week – hoping it is dry enough to get the washing out of the way. I have never read Peter Pan – just never appealed to me even when I was little – I thought the best bit was the illustrations. Have a good day.

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    • When I thought about it I couldn’t remember why it was I’d never read it either. My mother wasn’t one to read to us children and when I would have been the age to read it there weren’t many ‘pennies’ to spare….post WW2 and all that. They do say that everything comes to those who wait lol
      Here’s hoping all your hard work ends in a happy day 😊

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  4. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with reading children’s books at any time, but if you want to avoid pointed -ahem- remarks it might be an idea to borrow a child to read them to.

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  5. I read countless books to children during my years as a primary school teacher, and to my own two children when they came along, and agree with Andrew that it is a special experience. Fortunately, now I have a three year old niece, so it starts all over again! Happy reading, Cathy!

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    • I’m thinking that’s how I should continue with this book Diane. No littlies around these days but maybe – as I said to Andrew – I could read it out loud…..whisper quietly…… to myself – (obviously when I’m on my own!) and perhaps I’ll get the gist better than reading in my head. Whatever way I’m sure to enjoy it

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