Portals to a Magical World – Writing 101 Day 9

To my dear darling grandchildren,

I wanted to tell you all about the magical world that is hidden away inside every bookshop, especially second-hand bookshops – those that sell books that other people have read before.  I know that you may never have seen a bookshop, especially as ereaders are so popular now.  You may even have an ereader of your own, but I think you should know something about bookshops in case you should ever come across one.

Below is a picture of a bookshop.  Can you see the different coloured objects in the window of the shop?  These are books – real books.    Let me tell you what to expect when you open the door of a bookshop, especially a second-hand bookshop and walk inside.   First you will be surrounded by a very strange smell – it’s very hard to describe, but you will know it at once.   It’s a very comforting smell, not at all nasty, and is very friendly.  This smell is causeBookshop Cromerd by the magic which is emanating from all the books which live in the shop.  The smell is much stronger in a second-hand bookshop because of all the many thousands of books which have lived in the shop at different times.

Once you have got used to the smell, and start to look around, you might hear some of the books speaking to you.  Don’t be frightened by this, it is only the books trying to get to know you.  If this doesn’t happen then don’t worry.  Books have more than one way to speak to you.  Sometimes you will pick up a book and the feel of it will make you open it.  Sometimes you will head towards a book because its cover has spoken to you (covers can be very magical), and sometimes a you will find that a book has just appeared in your hand and you’re reading the first page.  The first words in every book are the most magical because these are the ones that will catch you in their spell (if the cover didn’t get you first).  Again, please don’t worry about this, a book won’t speak to you at all if it isn’t right for you.

If the book is right though, a magical world will open up to you and you’ll get to visit wonderful, magical places which will keep you spellbound for hours.  There will also be pictures in the books which speak to you.  These are special pictures to help you understand the magical world you have been invited to visit.  They’re magical because you might see one thing in the picture and a friend might see another.  You will both be right because the picture is there for you – it is part of the magic of the book. Every single book contains a different magical world so I would urge you to visit as many as you can while you are young enough to be given full access to this very special magic.  If you visit lots of magical worlds then, when you’re an adult, you will still be able to visit new ones.  If you don’t visit enough when you are young though, the magic stops talking to you.

If you never get to see a real bookshop Ebooks do contain magical words though they’re not as powerful as real books, but I’m sure, if you read lots of ebooks you will still be able to visit the magical worlds kept hidden in the words.

I hope you have lots and lots of magical adventures

All my love

Grandma

 

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13 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts

    1. Thanks Lynz – it took me twice as long to write than it should have done as I managed to delete the whole of the first draft while finishing the last line – I was left with one word on the page and no way to retrieve it. I really must save as I go along as it’s not the first time I’ve done that (my nails are too long and catch the wrong keys ) 😨

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  1. I love your letter! What a wonderful, beautiful thing to impart to your grandchildren. I adore physical books and bookstores as well and dearly hope they don’t become obsolete so your grandchildren can experience them!

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    1. Hi Amelia and thanks for your stopping by. I must admit that most of my reading is done on my Kindle now, but only because I have no more space in my home for bookcases so only purchase really special physical books that I know I will want to read again.
      Bookshops have always been magical portals for me and I really hope my grandchildren will experience the joy and wonder of losing themselves amongst a world of magical possibilities.

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  2. This post held me spellbound, bringing back that feeling that I got as a child – it was just as you have written. When I picked up a new book (one that I hadn’t read, that is, my heartrate would speed up and I’d get butterflies. I would feel the texture of the cover before opening it carefully and inhaling its fragrance. I would look at any patterns on the fly leaf, and only then would I turn to the title page. By then I was practically busting with desire to discover its secrets…
    It’s strange to have found this post today – this morning I walked past an area which used to contain a wonderful second-hand bookshop, owned by a man called Harold Porcupine. The shop closed over 50 years ago, and the building was knocked down. Since then it has been wasteground, but now they’re laying foundations for a new building. I could have cried – all these years a part of me has believed that the shop would somehow re-appear. I must have believed in the magic.

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    1. That’s it exactly Jane. Some years ago I spent a week at Hay-on-Wye which is famed for being a second hand book town. I spent hours and hours walking round small shops, large shops, old warehouses – all of them crammed full of books on every subject under the sun. It was (still is) my idea of a heaven on earth. We have a second hand bookshop in the small town where I live – now that they’re starting to recognise shapes, numbers and letters (they’re still just toddlers) I’ll be taking them there when they visit ☺

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      1. Every time I go into a secondhand bookshop I remember him. I suppose is he was still alive he would be approaching 100 now.
        Thinking about it, I was probably not more than eight years old when the shop closed down, and I hadn’t yet discovered that sometimes beautiful things are lost forever…

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  3. Oh, so very cool, Gramma!! I’m a gramma too and can relate to the absence of the importance of books… REAL books…in our grandkids’ lives. I wasn’t a reader as a kid but lucky for me the magic is still there. I just recently read Enid Blyton’s “The Magic Faraway Tree.” It jump starts my imagination! It is my wish your grandkids surprise you with an Open Thank You!
    Thanks for bringing me into the 21st century!

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