The value of the myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by ‘the veil of familiarity.’ The child enjoys his cold meat, otherwise dull to him, by pretending it is buffalo, just killed with his own bow and arrow. And the child is wise. The real meat comes back to him more savory for having been dipped in a story…by putting bread, gold, horse, apple, or the very roads into a myth, we do not retreat from reality: we rediscover it.  C.S. Lewis, On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature

Photo John Avant

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4 Responses to ANIMAL WEEK

  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    That is an interesting quote, Sandy. Myth and imagination are indeed important, and this makes sense. Neat buffalo picture too!

  2. Di Anne Lewis says:

    Love the C.S. Lewis quote! BTW Norman selected John Avant’s buffalo and his backscratching bird buddies to accompany us at an Arbor Crest concert this summer. I just hope John’s buffalo doesn’t want to play checkers before, during or after the concert – – –

  3. Jesse says:

    CS Lewis quote, nice! Hmm what are those birds doing?

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