Friday, 25 April 2008

When Inside A Fairytale

Now you are all going to get to see how really cuckoo I am.  Yesterday at a grad party for my nephew Anders (Paramedic – I am very proud), Josephine got scared of my sister Suzie.  Josephine was clutching on to me and really looked scared so I said “Suzie, stop looking at her.”  Not actually brilliant but I wanted to protect her, not from Suzie (who has protected me), but from being scared.

Since, I cannot be with Josephine always and cannot keep telling people not to look at her; I want to give her a little bit of whimsy and stardust and even a few instructions in case she ever finds herself a little afraid while inside a fairytale.

Instructions by Neil Gaiman:

Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never

saw before.

Say "please" before you open the latch,

go through,

walk down the path.

A red metal imp hangs from the green-painted

front door,

as a knocker,

do not touch it; it will bite your fingers.

Walk through the house.  Take nothing.  Eat


However, if any creature tells you that it hungers,

feed it.

If it tells you that it is dirty,

clean it.

If it cries to you that it hurts,

if you can,

ease its pain.

From the back garden you will be able to see the

wild wood.

The deep well you walk past leads to Winter's


there is another land at the bottom of it.

If you turn around here,

you can walk back, safely;

you will lose no face.  I will think no less of you.

Once through the garden you will be in the


The trees are old.  Eyes peer from the under-


Beneath a twisted oak sits an old woman.  She

may ask for something;

give it to her.  She

will point the way to the castle.

Inside it are three princesses.

Do not trust the youngest.  Walk on.

In the clearing beyond the castle the twelve

months sit about a fire,

warming their feet, exchanging tales.

They may do favors for you, if you are polite.

You may pick strawberries in December's frost.

Trust the wolves, but do not tell them where

you are going.

The river can be crossed by the ferry.  The ferry-

man will take you.

(The answer to his question is this:

If he hands the oar to his passenger, he will be free to

leave the boat.

Only tell him this from a safe distance.)

If an eagle gives you a feather, keep it safe.

Remember: that giants sleep too soundly; that

witches are often betrayed by their appetites;

dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always;

hearts can be well-hidden,

and you betray them with your tongue.

Do not be jealous of your sister.

Know that diamonds and roses

are as uncomfortable when they tumble from

one's lips as toads and frogs:

colder, too, and sharper, and they cut.

Remember your name.

Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found.

Trust ghosts.  Trust those that you have helped

to help you in their turn.

Trust dreams.

Trust your heart, and trust your story.

When you come back, return the way you came.

Favors will be returned, debts will be repaid.

Do not forget your manners.

Do not look back.

Ride the wise eagle (you shall not fall).

Ride the silver fish (you will not drown).

Ride the grey wolf (hold tightly to his fur).

There is a worm at the heart of the tower; that is

why it will not stand.

When you reach the little house, the place your

journey started,

you will recognize it, although it will seem

much smaller than you remember.

Walk up the path, and through the garden gate

you never saw before but once.

And then go home.  Or make a home.

And rest.

I think the woman in the picture (by Jeanie Tomanek) kinda looks like me, so you can always pretend and maybe even really I will be inside of the same fairytale as you.  Just remember you will never be alone, I will always be with you.

Angelique, Nadalene, Nathan, and Josephine, have yourselves a magical life.


Anonymous said...

i wept at the end of this tale

Anonymous said...

"trust your heart and trust your story." I believe in fairytales and Renee, believe that your childern will always believe in you.
Love Donna

angelique said...

Thanks Mom.
Have yourself a magical life and we will live a magical life together.

Shelly said...

I loved this part;
"And then go home. Or make a home. And rest."

Liz said...

you are beyond magical Mrs.Khan...

thank you for adding more beautiful people to this world. (mostly to my world) xo

Deborah said...