So, for the first of these, and in memory of the recent anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, I'm sharing about Corrie Ten Boom.
In her book, The Hiding Place, Corrie shares about surviving the Concentration Camp (Ravensbruck). It's a pretty amazing story. Here's a link to the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hiding-Place-Corrie-Ten-Boom/dp/0800794052/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365518624&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hiding+place . But she begins by sharing about her early life, growing up in the Victorian era. One of those early stories left a lasting impression on me for how I choose to write.
This story actually has more to do with her father, who seems to be quite an extraordinary man as well. Little Corrie, who was around age 10 or 11, was with her father, a watchmaker, at the train station when the story picks up. It is here that she asks him a question that had been troubling her.
"'Father, what is sex-sin?'
He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor.
'Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?' he said.
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.
'It's too heavy," I said.
'Yes,' he said. 'And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It's the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.'
And I was satisfied. More than satisfied--wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions--for now I was content to leave them in my father's keeping."
-page 26, The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom
I love this! Isn't it beautiful? A father, protecting his child from hard truths that could hurt or harm her before she is ready to hear them? It reminds me of that one movie, Life is Beautiful. Few of us have fathers who understand to this extent that a child should be protected in this way.
Recently, I was hanging out with friends who have children around the same age as we do. The father was boasting about their 4 year old son, and how the boy could watch anything and it didn't seem to affect him in the least. The man had showed his son Batman, the Dark Knight. I cringed. What about that precious innocence? To see such dark visions; images of lunacy, hatred, fear, anguish...it affects me, as an adult. What must it do to a four year old child?
Image at right is by artist *Zindy. You can find her incredible portfolio at http://zindy.deviantart.com/
Another friend and influencer (who you will hear more about another time), L.M. Montgomery, put it this way: "A pine forest is just as real as a pigsty, but a darn sight nicer to be in."