Thursday, January 19, 2006

Rummaging Through Our Minds

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Visited by the Mind Housekeeper
by Heather Blakey


"Mrs Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children's minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can't) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect. lingering humourously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing them out of sight. When you wake up in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind; and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettiest thoughts, ready for you to put on."
J.M. Barrie Peter Pan

As you sleep here at the Land of Dreams someone tidies your mind. Draw or write about this process.

4 Comments:

At 4:25 AM, Blogger faucon of Sakin'el said...

Ah, to be as children ...
but as wiser adults (sic),
we need help in throwing things away -- not just sorting into piles.

As Mother has commanded,
I will muse on this and place
some thoughts into 'Fitz' boxes
and 'hang this laundry out'
for all to see.

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger Believer said...

Hello Heather,

I'm working on something for this blog, but I need an invitation, please.

Believer

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger Luna said...

I have never read Peter Pan. I think I am missing some good stuff!

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger le Enchanteur said...

Amazingly I hadn't either Luna. I borrowed it and Alice in Wonderland for ideas and bingo - this quote leapt out and demanded to be used.

 

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