I agree with Hoss's idea that a good bedtime story should be calming. I think Elin should save her scary fairy tales for when the children are a bit older!
Whoa, that's a heavy duty bed-time story!! Profound, but unsettling. No wonder Carl couldn't go to sleep. Hoss's stories sound so sweet. Thanks for the storyof Hoss's family life.
Aftereading this I am in awe. This was another great peice and I truly loved every moment of it. Thank you.
You leave me wordless, dear deansgirl. As I know you write a lot yourself, finding message or levels from my writing makes me humble and so proud at the same time that I could burst. Thank you for leaving this dear message for me!
Since, I grew up reading my books of fairy tales and as an adult, read Bruno Bettleheims' "The Uses of Enchantment," it is clear that fairy tales teach life lessons in a form that children can accept. One does have to give up something in order to receive something new; that is the way life is. I agree with Elin. Hoss wants to protect his son from reality, which is admirable, but can't be done.
An interesting story.
thank you, Adamant, for the insight. Yes, sometimes we think stories are too harsh, but the old folklore from Grimm times and centuries before were very cruel. I prefer soft edges, too, and I was so hurt when I read Oscar Wilde's stories. But that's why I wanted to make a decision - in the 'real life', one can decide to live the happy fairy tale, instead. Which I admire, on my behalf.
Hoss would make a great Pa. I never understood harsh fairy tales and why they were told to children. I like Hoss' ideas of a story better too.
I usually watch family pictures of Dan Blocker, before I start writing Hoss-stories. They are wonderful. There's so much innosence in Hoss, still, that it would be hard for him to tell this kind of stories to a child, but maybe deep down he knows also why they are so hard.
Sweet Lord, I ask again, are you ever anything but excellence?? ;) Words, sadly, fail me. I was enchanted and drawn in through every single word you wove here, and it feels so much like a song...it echoes in you, and doesn't just pass by, or irritate, or do any of the things normal english can do. Like a song, or a painting, or music; that's the only way I can think of to describe it. So beautiful! I have to copy my favorite line here:
"Carl was clinging to Hoss' foot, capturing his knee and focusing the big, round eyes upon his face so heart-breaking wide that Hoss was armless. He put his hand on top of the light brown curls and stroked them away from the boy's face, and finally, when he held down his own strong arms to gather the boy in them, Carl hesitantly let go."
There, do you see? Such magic in such an innocent set of sentences! And that's just one! I'd end up pasting in every word you wrote if I tried to show you how wonderful it is. Please write and write and write...and know that you inspire me, and help me to look at my own attempts at writing in new, deeper ways. You are truly amazing!
I had a good inspirer, Mr Oscar Wilde, to accompany me on a flight. I salute him and put him a lot higher in the pedestal; but many of the stories resembled the "folklore" I heard as a child, and I found a story finding a way to the outside world, from within. I'm very honoured to see my stories resonate so much in you, despite our different generations, origins and upbringing. It's you who is amazing, with the inner eye to receive so much!
There's something very close, very... breath-grasping in the closeness of a child who seeks for comfort from his pillars, his parents. I think it would be tough on Hoss, too, because he was so much when it came to feeling things.
I could just write to you and evrything else would be unimportant, dear Cassie.