Narnia, by Elliott
We hope you all are enjoying this wintry world, finding time to imagine and play. Happy Holidays!
Now, the world is more than it seems to be. You know this, of course, because you read stories. You understand that there is the surface and then there are all the things that glimmer and shift underneath it. And you know that not everyone believes in those things, that there are people—a great many people—who believe the world cannot be any more than what they can see with their eyes. But we know better.
By taking curse words out of context and hand-wringing over sex and darkness in books, we’re completely denying the realities of teenager’s lives—pretending if we keep them from curse words we can keep them pure and innocent. That draws a gulf between kids and their parents—forcing kids to present the same sanitized version of their lives to their parents that their parents are trying to hand them. And in the space between the sanitized version and the truth, that’s where the real darkness lies.She said this here. Worth the read.
It’s all going to be okay. She would like to hear that now, even if it was a lie. Because some lies are beautiful. Stories do not tell you that.