Thursday, August 30, 2012

Enchanted Tivoli

It's no secret that I love fairytales. For those of you that don't know, I'm a little kid at heart. When you're an only child, you kind of have to get creative when you want to find something fun to do...playing Barbie is only interesting for so long, the dog can't talk back to you, and the adults aren't really interested in playing dress up. I used to spend hours out in my grandparents' garden creating magical worlds and adventures that would take my imagination for a ride. I'd only come back to reality (briefly) when it was time for dinner or time to go to sleep. My grandma used to ask me to tell her stories, and on the spot I would illustrate tales inspired by movies like The Troll in Central Park, Thumbelina, Sleeping Beauty, and The Princess and the well as many others. Even though I've "grown up" I still cherish these memories. To this day I find myself on Netflix and the first section I go to is "Animated" or "Kids and Family"...and be careful if you tell people that you still believe in fairies because you could end up being the joke at a college party.

Honestly though, I could careless. I embrace this childlike aspect of my personality because it makes the world a much more beautiful place. Every dew dropped flower, every fluttering butterfly, every shimmer of sunlight is a reminder of the wondrous magic of life.

Visiting the Tivoli gardens just makes me wish I could be a kid again and get lost in wonderland.

Here's the man himself, gazing over at Tivoli

Also, here's a link to Hans Christian Anderson's Fairytales if you want to read some of the original translations. I would suggest reading The Tinderbox, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, and The Nightingale just for starters. Then obviously there's The Little Mermaid and Thumbelina :)

Hej hej,

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