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An open letter to Kate DiCamillo

January 18th, 2012 (10:58 pm)

I just finished reading my son The Tale of Despereaux. And when I got to the coda, Storyteller, I wept. Because right now, I am in a fair bit of darkness. (I am fighting it, like our hero, with needles -- not one brave needle pointed straight at a rat's heart with all of my might and passion, but with many ones: placed by a professional in proper acupuncture points.)

Storyteller, I did what you asked: I imagined, for a moment, you as a tiny mouse, telling me your story with the whole of your heart, whispering in my ear in order to to save yourself and me from the darkness. And I thought: yes. Yes. Stories ARE light. Storyteller, I did find some light there. I did.

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Posted by: shweta_narayan (shweta_narayan)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)

Co-signed! Though with me it hit a few years later since the worst of my darkness didn't hit till a while after I read the book.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)

It's really a most heartening book, is it not?

Posted by: shweta_narayan (shweta_narayan)
Posted at: January 20th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)

Yes!

Posted by: DebW (deborahw37)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
cares liek woah bendy1

I'm glad you found some light! May the darkness soon pass.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: Stephanie Burgis (stephanieburgis)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Gilmore hug

I need to read that book! I have absolutely loved some of her other books, like Winn-Dixie and the lovely Mercy Watson series.

Sending you *HUGS* and empathy in the darkness.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)

Thanks, dear. And yes - you REALLY need to read the book, and when Mr. Darcy is old enough to handle somewhat scary stuff you should read it aloud to him because it is SO wonderful to read aloud!

Posted by: MG Ellington (xjenavivex)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)

One of the many reasons I adore you; you do this, you say things like this, you feel this.

I have a spare flashlight.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)

I'll borrow it; thanks, dear!

Posted by: I'm nobody! Who are you? (capriuni)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)

I woke up thinking about you, today, and wishing you well. I'm saddened to learn that you are dealing with pain, but am gladdened that you are surrounded by stories that shed light, and surrounded by people with whom you can share those stories.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)

Oh, how kind. Thank you.

Posted by: Ayesha (browngirl)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Catch a Star (PaperVolcano)

Stories are light, indeed.
*hugs you warmly and sends you a star*

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)

:takes it with gratitude:

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: January 19th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)

♥♥♥

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 20th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)

Thank you, beautiful lady full of light!

Posted by: jasondwittman (jasondwittman)
Posted at: January 20th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
haunted

Nice to hear from you. Hope you get through the darkness soon.

If you're looking for more light, may I recommend The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: January 20th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)

You may! Thank you.

Posted by: smuzikant (smuzikant)
Posted at: January 25th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
darkness into light

Hi, sweetie, no books to recommend in response but I am wishing you safe passage.

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