“Life is a journey, a glorious, amazing, oftentimes hard, sometimes uneventful, always surprising, a completely serendipitous journey. Live for it!” ~ Unknown
The Midweek/Wednesday Word-prompt over on our other site https://weeklyprompts.com is Serendipity and was chosen by GC. This is my response to the challenge.
When my son was born, which was a good many years after our four girls, our collection of early years’ books had long since passed to the children of friends.
Building up a new library of children’s books was a pleasure, and quite early on, I purchased the full set of Beatrix Potter. Joshua loved these little books, and we read them over and over. I even used cassette tapes to record myself reading them so that he could look at the books but still enjoy listening to the stories when I wasn’t there.
Eventually, Beatrix Potter gave way to Harry Potter, and with a tinge of sadness, the little books were put away.
Recently, when Josh and I took a short break in the Lake District in Cumbria, we learnt that it was mere serendipity that Beatrix had become an author.
The basis for her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was initially written in the form of a letter on the 4th September 1893, to a real child, her friend’s five-year-old son Noel who had become ill. It was later suggested to Beatrix that she should turn the letter into a book.
During our short holiday we visited Windermere and whilst there we took the opportunity to visit the Beatrix Potter exhibition. The place was heaving, and perhaps unsurprisingly, we were the only adults not accompanied by children!
Enjoying the exhibition were children of all ages, with most exuding squeals of excited delight at each new exhibit! A selection of some of the exhibits from the stories are shown in the slideshow above.
Josh, a teacher of seven-year-olds, came to the conclusion that a Beatrix Potter topic would probably go down very well with his children. I, of course, had already totted up the educational mileage that could be gleaned from her stories.
Later the same day, we took a trip to Hill Top, Beatrix’s former home in the village of ‘Near Sawrey’. We learned fascinating information about Beatrix, but perhaps we’ll save that for another day.
A few days after returning home, I began to re-read the Beatrix Potter stories, and then I hit upon the idea of recording them again for the youngest grandchildren.
My latest attempt at creating a talking book ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ is included below. After all, who amongst us doesn’t enjoy turning back the clock and listening once more to a little bedtime story.
(c) SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 In response to the word-prompt from Weekly Prompts http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/08/22/word-prompt-serendipity