children's books for grown ups

If you continue to love Jesus, nothing much can go wrong with you, and I hope you may always do so. I’m so thankful that you realized the ‘hidden story’ in the Narnian books. It is odd, children nearly always do, grown ups hardly ever.
—  C.S. Lewis to Ruth Broady: Lewis’s last letter to a child about Narnia. (26 October 1963)

Sitting still at the beach
Is a chore I left for others
The paperback books
The soft
The children playing
In the water
The grown ups
Examining each other’s
Bathing suits
(Is that really a suit?)
The sticky sweet smell
Of coconut and something else
From suntan lotion
It just never was a thing
I wanted to do
I’m a hiking and hills and green trees
And hidden waterfalls
Kind of guy
I could take beaches for a while
But never for long
Relaxing was too hard for me
I want things to do
But my last trip to the beach
Was full of long pauses
Short naps
Books read
Dips in the ocean
Where the water tags your feet
Then runs away
Sun tan lotion
And strawberry daiquiris
And more naps
As I walked back to my hotel
I recalled how calm
I was
It was a feeling I didn’t
And I thought
What’s different
And then said it again out loud
What do you think is different
You learned to
Let crap go
I thought to myself
You don’t let shit eat you up
You said
Agreeing with me
But you didn’t know it
Then you said
And you went to the beach
With me
And I thought again
Then said out loud
I’m pretty sure it’s just the first one
And I waited
For you to smile
As your lips turned up
And I knew you caught
My joke
I pulled you near
Sand covered arms
And back
Salty skin
And hair
I pulled you
And the ocean with you
And I kissed you
I tasted peace and
And the ocean
And happiness
Right there
And I didn’t give a shit
About anything

Image: Kindergarten students read before class starts at Walker-Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C. (Elissa Nadworny/NPR)

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anonymous asked:

I figure if anyone knows or knows someone who knows it could be you, but why all the issues with the Bloodline book saying Ren was 23 when he left when it was previously thought he was younger? I thought that Pablo..uh, Whatshisface said the books don't dictate the movie canon and when the info is conflicting to defer to the movie (super paraphrased)? Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks.

The thing is, the movie doesn’t explicitly or even implicitly tell us anything about when Ben was turned to the Dark Side. The best we have is one line in the released script about how Han saw his son’s face for the first time as a man. That line is VERY open to interpretation, not least in a movie so focused on the subject of legacy and inheritance as TFA. Personally, I choose to interpret as this is the first time Han see’s his son as a grown man, rather than the little boy he’d been communicating with during Ben’s time at the academy. After all, parents are extraordinarily adept at not seeing how their children have grown up without them.
Plus while the books cannot dictate to the movies, the movies can certainly dictate to the books, and Rian Johnson (the director of Episode 8) was involved in the writing of Bloodline at some point (enough for Claudia to give him a namedrop at least) so it’s likely she’s had a window into Kylo’s backstory that others haven’t.
As for why people have an issue, frankly, there’s a lot of people out there who took their own personal headcanon of Ben turning to the Dark Side as a teenager and being effectively brainwashed into following Snoke a bit too seriously. Having actual canon disprove that theory and underline the fact that Ben made a decision of his own accord to become Kylo Ren upset a lot of those theorists, and for some people even damaged Kylo’s potential redemption arc. To those people, I’d point out that Ben made a decision to fall, and all that means is Kylo is free to make the decision to rise