On Being Childlike

From Walking on Water, Reflections on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L’Engle

“Only the most mature of us are able to be childlike.  And to be able to be childlike involves memory; we must never forget any part of ourselves.  As of this writing, I am sixty-one years old in chronology.  But I am not an isolated, chronological numerical statistic.  I am sixty-one, and I am also four, and twelve, and fifteen, and twenty-three, and thirty-one, and forty-five, and . . .and . . . and . . .

If we lose any part of ourselves, we are thereby diminished.  If I cannot be thirteen and sixty-one simultaneously, part of me has been taken away. . . .  I am still in the process of growing up, but I will make no progress if I lose any of myself on the way.”

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