Excerpt from “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art” by Madeleine L’Engle:
George Eliot says, “If we had a keen vision of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of the roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.”
Despite this wadding, in the moment of creation, the artist hears the tiny beating of the squirrel heart and does indeed die to self on the other side of silence. The artist in the moment of creation retains the vision which brings forth angels, dragons, and unicorns. The great artists never lose this quality which the world tries to steal away in our childhood.
Along with this “wadding with stupidity” comes a lack of appreciation for children’s books and their authors.
Comment: Press on dear writers of children’s books for those are where the true masterpieces lie, for these creations of yours let us all be children for a moment in time. Bravo to: A wrinkle in time, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and the encouraging writer’s resource Walking on Water given to us by Madeleine L’Engle.