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One of the Best Days

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One of The Best Days ~ I wasn’t having a great day. I was struggling to find the clarity in a piece I am writing for a youth empowerment conference. Storytelling, eternity, linear structure, life-expectations, perilous saturation of hero’s. I’d forgotten the purpose of it. Then a postman knocked on the door. Mum had been cleaning out her old things and sent me a bundle of cards she received shortly after I was born. The first one was from my Grandad, John Trevelyan. I took it as a sign from the universe, that his card might help me, so I spent the entire day getting to know him, which was hard because he’s dead. I knew only a tiny bit already, but today I discovered someone who was very interested in the same ideas I was interested in, the concepts at large. Though he explored his thinking in the film world as a censor and I, in kids books, I was shocked to find a resemblance of some kind. His mind had a similar shape to mine – although much more severe and successful. “He never shrank from using scissors, especially when it came to protecting the young,” someone said about him – however I’m sure many disagreed with this. Things got weirder when I began watching aBbc interview with him, and I quickly rushed and answered questions for him out loud, only to watch him pause then (far more eloquently) say something eerily similar to what I had just said. In the past I have only ever asked aliens for help, never a ghost, but today I walked outside and spoke up to the sky and asked Grandad if he could be the guardian of my books. He said “Sure, but what is their purpose?”. I was still holding the card he had written me in 1983, my first ever card and yet, in 2019, my first time reading it. (He’d died shortly after so it’s probably our only correspondence.) I read the card again and then waved it at the sky. “I just want kids to have a happy life too.” “Fine,” he said.

One of the Best Days

One of The Best Days ~ I wasn’t having a great day. I was struggling to find the clarity in a piece I am writing…

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