Roald Dahl wrote many books and as a kid I wasn’t alone in reading them. I bet if you thought for just a few minutes that you could think of at least two that stuck with you.
For me they would be Charlie and the Chocolate factory and my absolute favourite, Fantastic Mr Fox.
We wasn’t a well off family – having a packet of biscuits in the trolley on shopping day was a treat, So reading about a small boy that came from nothing to have it all was something that resonated. The moral tale of not being greedy and doing the right thing, that it would pay off eventually has been a lesson that I’ve lived by. The idea of karma; that if you do good one day it will ultimately come back around.
I know throughout my life there have been tough times. How was that bill going to be paid? Why are all my girlfriends not ‘the one’? Losing a job, the car breaking down…but now as I look back, I realise that Karma has worked out okay and my life is just how I want it. Happy!
Mr Fox was, and still is my idol, he is wily and clever and outsmarts the greedy farmers at every turn and he never gives up. Even when the evil Boggis, Bunce and Bean try to dig them out and starve them. Its a tale of family and how parents will do everything they can to keep their children safe, and that’s how I felt at home, safe.
My parents were Mr and Mrs Fox, as an adult I now know that many times my sister and I ate a meal that my parents didn’t share because they were having beans on toast! I know how hard they worked to make sure that we had nice presents on our birthdays and especially at Christmas. I know that when things were tough, they were smart!
But also, Fantastic Mr Fox had me questioning things; like is it wrong to steal? or worse to starve? is it wrong to have more? and not share with those less fortunate?
I’m not religious, I don’t go to church or believe in any particular religion, but I believe in Christmas and the values of it. Its a time for family and sharing. Its a time to enjoy and if you can, to give. I’m on day two of the reverse advent calendar; each day you place an item in a box (non perishable food, sanitary items, pet food) and on Christmas Eve we take it to the local homeless shelter.
Maybe, just donating some books would bring a little joy to someone else’s life…