Pretty much all of my favorite stories as a child (and even now) center around the hero(ine) finding themselves through some epic journey through a far off land or even in their own backyard. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is by far one of my most favorite childhood reads and of course the book is always better but unfortunately I find myself a little short on time to indulge in an entire afternoon of reading these days and yester-evening I was just in that mood for a little bit of wonder so I found it on Netflix and slipped in.
***Okay, I have to admit that I DO have a ridiculously large celebrity crush on Gregory Smith and I find him to be absolutely adorable in this movie, but all the same I love the story line. Let me be even more honest: I respect him as a pretty wonderful actor, but I also think that he is absolutely gorgeous! That’s him right there!***
When I revisit this story something shifts within me, a sort of power that I sometimes forget lives within me burns bright once again because I used to be that girl. I wasn’t the pretty girl, I was the girl that was smart enough, but would never realize her full potential. Truth is there just wasn’t much I was passionate about during school that didn’t somehow reflect the love I wanted to bring into the world. Yes, I was a 7 year old hippie; I’m not really sure how that happened as my parents lean towards the conservative.
I adore Meg’s character and the way that Ms. L’Engle illustrates her coming into her own power – she realizes that she just does her own thing in her own way in her own time and not only is that okay it’s miraculous and necessary to carve new paths into the world. She’s able to find the special and love in everyone around but herself. Through her adventure she is forced to discover faith, acceptance, confidence, and love, things that were quite alive in her the entire time, in order to fight the darkness in the book known as It.
If you find yourself bored or in need of a little wonder pull A Wrinkle in Time up on Netflix with your friends or children or watch it solo. What childhood books, movies, or stories do you revisit when you need a little pick-me-up?
Enough of my gushing, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from this book,
“We do not know what things look like. We know what things are like. It must be a very limiting thing, this seeing.” -Aunt Beast
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