In An Absent DreamLarge Print - 2020
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It can be easy, when hearing about someone else's adventures in a far-off, magical land, to say, 'I would never choose the mundane world over the fantastical. I would run into rivers of rainbow as fast as my legs would carry me, and I would never once look back.' It is so often easy, when one has the luxury of being sure a thing will never happen, to be equally sure of one's answers. Reality, it must sadly be said, has a way of complicating things, even things we might believe could never be that complicated.
Enjoy yourself. There are many good things in the world, and each of them happens for the first time only once, and never again.
If you want to help her, you need to help yourself first. No one serves their friends by grinding themselves into dust on the altar of compassion.
“Books were precious things, meant to be treated well, both because they deserved it and because if she didn't treat them well, her parents might stop buying them for her.”
“In the way of bookish children, she carried her books into trees and along the banks of chuckling creeks, weaving her way along their slippery shores with the sort of grace that belongs only to bibliophiles protecting their treasures.”
“She discovered the pure joy of reading for pleasure, and was rarely - if ever - seen without a book in her hand. Even in slumber, she was often to be found clutching a volume with one slender hand, her fingers wrapped right around its spine, as if she feared to wake into a world where all books had been forgotten and removed, and this book might become the last she had to linger over.”
“Enjoy yourself. There are many good things in the world, and each of them happens for the first time only once, and never again.”
“If you want to help her, you need to help yourself first. No one serves their friends by grinding themselves into dust on the altar of compassion.”
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