In my limited collection of books I’ve loved during my lifetime, one of my favorites was and still is When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne. It is an E. P. Dutton & Co. edition copywrited 1924. My parents went to the Congo in 1924 and I often wonder if they took this book with them when they trekked in there the first time.
It is tattered and falling apart now, but I still go back to it and read from it. My father would often read to my brothers and I from that book when we were growing-up in Africa. One of my favorite poem-stories from that book was and still is: “Halfway Down the Stair”
We didn’t have a stairway in our house in but I knew what Christopher Robin meant when he thought, “It really isn’t anywhere! It’s somewhere else instead.”
Well, here, why don’t I give you the whole poem?
Halfway down the stairs
by A. A. Milne.
Halfway down the stairs,
Is a stair where I sit.
There isn’t any other stair
Quite like it.
I’m not at the bottom,
I’m not at the top;
So this is the stair
Where I always stop.
Halfway up the stairs isn’t up
And it isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
It isn’t in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn’t really Anywhere!
It’s somewhere else Instead!
Daydreaming? Is that what I’m doing? I should be looking at my computer screen writing, but instead I sit looking at the rain while crazy thoughts go round and round my head. As Christopher Robin might say, “I’m not really thinking anything! I’m thinking something else instead.”
May all your thoughts, whether planning or daydreaming, be pleasant ones. Aloha-pjs/
I have a new novel will be coming soon with Indigo Sea Press. The title is, A Short and Futile Life.
It is the story of one who has served his country with valor and honor. A man of integrity, the government now wants silence him for telling the truth.
It is a near future novel about life in the United States when most, if not all, the personal rights stated in the Bill of Rights have been revoked for the good of the whole.
Desperate Voyage, is a World War II story of courage, love, murder and an enemy attack on a British freighter. It is available from All Thing That Matter Press and on Amazon. The Kindle edition is only $5.99,
It is based on my recollections of crossing the South Atlantic as a boy during WW II.
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