I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin (1872) this week:
the boy should enclose and keep, as his life, the old child at the heart of him, and never let go. He must still, to be a right man, be his mother’s darling, and more his father’s pride, and more. The child is not meant to die, but to be forever fresh-born
To me, this means growing all the while keeping your childhood hopes, dreams, aspirations within your adult heart. It means to honor your child self, and to aspire to be someone your youngest self would be proud of. What does this beautiful quote from MacDonald mean to you?
Happy birthday to Hans Christian Andersen, born April 2nd, 1805
Andersen wrote over 160 fairytales (!), many of which are now houseold classics such as The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Snow Queen (hello inspiration for Frozen), and The Princess and the Pea. My favorite? It has to be The Little Mermaid!
“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”
Kay Nielson illustration
What’s your favorite Andersen fairy tale?
Happy Birthday to Wilhem Grimm, born on this day in 1786
Wilhem and his brother collected and shaped the fairy tales that we know and love today: Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, the Juniper Tree to name only a few. If you’re interest, fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes recently published the first ever english translation of the Brother Grimms’ first edition of collected fairy tales. The version of tales we are most familiar with are from an eighth edition, and were heavily edited by the brothers to be more appropriate for children. So yes, the tales we think are gruesome are the HIGHLY EDITED ONES. Zipes’s translation features stories that the brothers removed from later editions, as well as show the tales in their most “raw” form.
What’s your favorite Grimm fairy tale?