This children’s classic reminds me of miracles that I, as a child, used to believe are for real, that I always thought were accessible in the blink of an eye. Then I realize how as an adult, rationality has become our way of living, cynical we often are, doubting the good things that come our way. Don’t we? We no more allow our imagination to run free and trust the magic to work in our lives.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was a refreshing visit to my own childhood. Never shied away from believing in possibilities and making positive affirmations, which I still continue to do. The best part about childhood is the unquestionable belief in turning our fantasy into reality. Children are always ready to forego their troubles and worries.
In this book, in an uncomplicated manner, the author has touched upon the subject of child psychology. That children if left neglected, devoid of care and affection from their parents, can turn into scornful personalities. They are to be nurtured and not left to their own devices. They will view the world as a place of despair and bear hatred toward people if their emotional needs are not nourished. The author dissects Mary Lennox’s personality—one of the child protagonists, who has a sour disposition because of her loneliness later turns into a charming and likable person as she begins to discover a new world around her. Ms. Burnett takes her reader through a story about three children who discover a secret garden and discover themselves in the process. The conversations about magic in positive thinking, magic in faith, and appreciating life — like Mary, I too believe that magic is everywhere – in buds, birds and wild creatures and in us.
After reading this children’s literature, I think that it is not just children who should revel in the story, every adult should savor this book too. The Secret Garden will make a nice gift, if I may suggest to you. I know that adults (including me) usually don’t favor reading children’s literature and we tend to ignore and skip. What surprised me was that these books have an abundance of meaningful lessons to impart to a person whether in his or her 30s or 50s. If you are a parent, you will learn your child better, learn to see them in a more compassionate way through its tale written in simple prose. You will find a new perspective on some of the wonderful theories you thought were possible as a child, but long dismissed when you grew up. I would push every child to read The Secret Garden once, coerce every parent read out as a bedside story and encourage every teacher to include it as a lesson in his or her classes.
Before I end, here is what I have to say:
Fill your life with magic and believe in it.
We are alive at this moment, is it not enough a magic?
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