“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Thursday, August 9, 2012


I LOVE this book. The text is a beautiful poem about making the most of each day and living in the moment, and the illustrations are all intricate paper-cuts by Nikki McClure who I really like. This is a children's book, but it's one of those gorgeous books that can speak to everyone. My favorite part covers the last few pages:

The past is sailing off to sea,
the future’s fast asleep.
A day is all you have to be,
it’s all you get to keep.
Underneath that great big sky
the earth is all a-spin.
This day will soon be over
and it won’t come back again.
So live it well, make it count,
fill it up with you.
The day’s all yours, it’s waiting now . . .
See what you can do.

I think the part about the past sailing off to sea and the future being fast asleep is so perfect. As someone that tends to dwell on the past and worry about the future, I like picturing the two being inconsequential, that all that matters is the here and now. It's a good message to carry with you through your day, helping to keep perspective that things are always fleeting and in flux, so you might as well just do your best today and enjoy THIS moment. 

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